October 9, 2019 – I Corinthians 13:1-3

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.  I Corinthians 13:1-3.

I read theses two verses again, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23.  Without love, the other fruit of the spirit can not be present in our lives.  It takes Love to produce joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

It is because of God’s steadfast love, He showers us with His love-blessings.  God sent His Son Jesus to give His life as a sacrifice for our sins. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.  

What is love, really?  Verses 4-7, helps me know whether I understand how to Love others in God’s Way.  Each phrase is a question.  Am I patient and kind? Do I envy or boast? Am I rude or arrogant?  Do I demand my own way?

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  I Corinthians 13:4-7.