“If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
Many people define love as an emotion and stop there. However Paul defined love as a commitment to act in a certain way towards others. 1 Corinthians 13 beautifully paints a picture of the way love is supposed to be. We often get caught up in bubbly feelings and emotions, particularly at this time of year. Yet what is our commitment to those in need of our love for the rest of the year?
If love is not at the centre of all we do, say and think, then our actions will always be fruitless, meaningless and as Paul rightly describes… NOTHING (In fact the actual translation is a lot stronger than nothing, it’s more like worthless.) It is a good reminder to look back at Christ’s actions as He was on His journey to the cross. He was beaten, whipped, spat on, mocked, called a blasphemer, and even had a crown of thorns rupturing His head…Yet He uttered the most amazing words with what breath He had left…”Father forgive them”. Even at Jesus’ most vulnerable time, love permeated out of Him.
Our challenge today is to not only love sometimes but to love all the time. To not only love when it feels nice to love but to love when persecution comes. If we try to love in our own strength we will fail. Yet with the power of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus as our role model, it is possible. Paul didn’t write these words as a nice romantic gesture to the church in Corinth, he wrote them so that we might live as Christ showed us how too. We love because Christ loved us first.
If you have the faith of a mustard seed to move mountains but don’t show love to people around you, then it is completely worthless!!