1 Cor. 13: 1-3 NLT; If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth, but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.
Things can be possessions or gifts and talents. If I am looking for happiness and worth in what I do or in what I have, it quickly looses its meaning. In connecting with other lives especially those in the body of Christ I become jointly fitted together with them. We belong to the body, we need to find our worth in one another. We find joy in fellowshipping with the saints.
In ministering to others if my motivation comes from love, I will minister, in truth by depending on Gods strength. If it comes from the desire, "to get the credit for what I do". Then I will draw from my own strength and understanding. If I think that I have a handle on life by my ability to acquire possessions then I am the one that looses out. Why? Because when I find happiness through things I don't have to rely on other people.
Possessions cannot talk back to me, relate to me, cry with me, support me or love me.
If I talk to my possessions my words bounce off of them and never make an impact. But to another person, my acts of kindness, words of wisdom (hopefully) make a difference. I have found that through building relationships, I become rich by loving others.
To have the love of another, or to love another holds the greatest meaning in our lives. And the greatest gift of love that we have been given comes from God. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Jesus gave His life freely, for all who would believe in Him.
The love that you give to another may not be returned or appreciated. But, in order to love Gods way, you must give of yourself freely, unselfishly without counting how much effort, how much time it might take or how much it might cost you. If you start counting you start thinking about self again. Oh, theres that word "self" again. "Drat"!!!
Father I pray that I will stop counting how much it will cost me to obey your commands To love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. And to love my neighbor as I love myself. Help me to put others in the right place in my heart. For by loving others I am loving you also. If I say that I love You and don't love others I am lying to myself. I want to be known by the fruit of my love.
In His Love
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