Gifts and Love

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Bible Text=> 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

[1]Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
[2]And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
[3]And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
[4]Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
[5]Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
[6]Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
[7]Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
[8]Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
[9]For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
[10]But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
[11]When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
[12]For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
[13]And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Prior to this Bible passage, Apostle Paul was talking to us about gifts and how important they are.
He even admonished us to covet the best gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:31a "But covet earnestly the best gifts:..."
Why? Because they're important

Our gifts were given to us so as to profit with it.
It's important we covet the best gifts too.

But Apostle Paul mentioned something that strike my heart. He said, "...and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." (1Cor 12:31b)
Here, he made us to understand that there's a more excellent way, something that makes gifts [more] meaningful.

He explained this in our Bible text for tonight
In my voice, I'd say having a gift is important, having gifts is "importanter", showing love with the gifts is "importantest"

Reading through this chapter, I wondered what love means 樂
I was shocked when I saw verse 3,
"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." (KJV)
"If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." (NIV)

I thought love is about giving and sacrifice.
Well, I'm right.
It's about it.
You can't love without giving and sacrifice. And there's more to giving and sacrifice.

But some people give without loving,
They sacrifice, yet, no love...

God will show us why very soon.

We have unbelievers who give and sacrifice.
But what's their drive?

Any drive that's out of true love [of God] is vain and will amount to nothing.
Of course, unbelievers don't have the [true] love which comes from God.
It'd be a thing of joy if unbelievers would come to the reality of Christ to be able to maximise their gift of giving, sacrifice, etc.

Jesus' ministry came from compassion (a type of love).
John 3:16 makes me understand that love made God to give His only Son.

God gave. That's true.
But He didn't just give.
He did it through love, the MORE EXCELLENT WAY Apostle Paul was showing us

Now, what is this LOVE?

Simply put, LOVE IS GOD.

To walk in love, we must know God. The more we know Him, the more we exhibit love

N. B.: We're not struggling to love, we have all it takes to love. All we need to do is to walk according to our nature of love.

Our nature is to be patient.
Let's walk in patience

Our nature is to be kind, let's walk in it.

So far God has put in us His Spirit.
We need to walk in His Spirit as instructed.

Permit me to say this;
God is love right?
And God is a Spirit, agreed?
And a tree is known by its fruit. Right?

When the scriptures was telling us that the fruit of the Spirit is love,...
I believe we know that this tells that the fruit of God is love

Ye are gods! Walk in love!

Abba walked in His nature, reason why He came in flesh to redeem us.

Love births joy, peace, long-suffering, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (see Galatians 5:22-23)

Love is the only law.

To walk in love (fulfilling the only law), grow in the knowledge of God's word, the fellowship with the Holy Ghost.

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