I’m reminded today that if what I do isn’t done in love, I end up nothing. Actions done without love amount to nothing. I read this verse today:
“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:3 ESV
I can do what I think is a huge thing but here I’m reminded if it’s done without love it amounts to nothing. We all want to make a difference, to matter. In light of recent events I pray there’s lots of loving activities going on despite what the media chooses to highlight. We might think love isn’t radical at all when in reality it’s the fiercest thing we can do! Jesus charged us to even love our enemies. That’s not easy. What is love anyhow? Christians have turned to what we call The Love Chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, for thousands of years. There’s truth here. This chapter reminds us that if we are not loving others, even loving our enemies, we are nothing. Do we really think we are so powerful that we can dismiss this timeless truth and go our own way? This is sin. Here’s what this chapter says love is:
“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. it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV
If I’m being rude, I am nothing. If I am envying I am nothing. If I am impatient, I am nothing. if I’m insisting on my own way, I am nothing. If I am happy about wrongdoings I am nothing. If I’m unkind I am nothing. These things cause more and more pain in the world. These things bring us to destruction and nothingness.
How do I make my life matter? I place others before myself. I love fiercely. I believe, I hope, I have faith and I love. Love is a confusing word. Real love is sacrificial. I sacrifice for another just as Jesus did for all mankind. It’s natural for a mother to sacrifice for her child, but to sacrifice for a stranger looks weird. Be weird!! Do something so loving it doesn’t make sense!
I bet the speech of angels is sweet! Yet sweet speech without love is just noise, and not just ordinary noise but the annoying kind, like a clanging cymbal! Lots of noise around me these days! What’s my life goal? Lots of noise or following Gods commands? I can be silent but live a life that speaks loudly to others. Those of you who know me know I’m not the silent type! I’m too loud… maybe I need to shut up and love?