Wednesday 13th March
1 Corinthians 13:2
There are some verses in the Bible that directly speak to you heart. Today’s passage is one of them. Faith without love in your life is as nothing. Wow.
During the last few days we have looked at the power of the prayer of faith. Faith in us and through us strengthens our belief that when we pray, God answers. There are so many examples of men and women of God, both in the Bible and in our lives today, that are so full of faith that they literally could ‘move a mountain’ with their prayers. Yet Paul highlights an extremely important challenge and characteristic that a Christian should do and have in his/her life….LOVE.
1 Corinthians 13 is most commonly associated with weddings. The poetic beauty of what love is and isn’t, challenges the couple (or those reading it) about the worth of love and its importance in everyday life. However what is commonly skipped over is the imagery of the “super Christian” who has all spiritual gifts and ‘faith to move mountains’ but if they lack in love, then it is all meaningless. Of course this example is found in the first 3 verses of 1 Corinthians 13.
Lets be more specific here. Verse 2 says “and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” Love is the key to a fruitful Christian life. Love is God’s core. If we lack in love then our prayers become self-centred and instead of believing for the impossible, we become so engrossed in our own lives that we forget to listen to the Holy Spirit’s promoting in our hearts. Without love not only do our prayers become self-centred but our lives become self-centred. Then we become as nothing.
I believe that the kind of faith (πίστιν) talked of here, is the faith we have been discussing this week, to see and believe God’s work in action where humanly speaking it is impossible. The underlying truth however, is that if we lack in love firstly towards God, then ourselves and then ultimately others, then our faith is meaningless, fruitless and comes to nothing expect egocentric thoughts and desires.
Are you seeing God’s mighty powers through your life? Are witnessing His miraculous healing power? Do you have a fruitful faith filled prayer life? If you answered no to any of these questions then I challenge you to search you heart. Is love being shown and lived out through your life? For without love, we are nothing.