Love is Everything

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” [1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV]

1427703_27664717I was thinking about this passage last night, and all of a sudden a whole new level of depth opened up for me. It specifically mentions a few areas where love is important – communication, knowledge, faith and generosity. If we have all these things perfect, but don’t act in love, they are useless.

The thing is, this spreads to every area of life really. I mean, how many times do we hear on those reality cooking competitions ‘there is no love in this food’? Even if they used the right techniques and skills and it looked great, sometimes there is just not that extra wow that comes with love.

And again, when you listen to a skilled musician or watch a graceful dancer — without the love, it all becomes mechanical and doesn’t have the same impact.

It’s like love is the invisible foundation beneath all of life and without it, the world is colourless and meaningless. A world without love is no world at all.

Of course, when you think that GOD IS LOVE, it all makes sense. He’s in everything and He’s everywhere. That love — HIM — underpins all of life. So then, without Him, there is no life. When everything else is gone, love still remains. I’d say He’s a good thing to hold onto then.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” [1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV]

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No More Striving

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” [1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV]

iStock_000011934301XSmallWe spend so much of our lives striving for approval, whether it be man’s approval or God’s. In fact, some of us wear ourselves out doing so. The problem is that man’s approval is fleeting at best while God’s approval cannot be earned at all — we already have it.

So then, all our efforts to gain acceptance or favour are in vain, a chasing after the wind as Solomon would have put it (see Ecclesiastes). The only thing that matters is whether or not we have love.

What does that mean? Well I think, since God is love, basically if we have no relationship with Him, we have nothing. We can do all the good in the world, be the smartest, wisest, strongest, most amazing person in history, but if we do not have God’s spirit dwelling within us, it is all worthless. Meaningless.

I figure that life works best and is simpler if we just rest in God’s love and live out of that. No more striving. And what a relief that is!

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” ‘[1 John 4:8 NIV]

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