By Milton Harris III
This week I would like to close out this months theme on love in the same chapter that we began this series with, 1 Corinthians 13. In this Chapter the Apostle Paul gives us the barometer to which we are to measure our effectiveness as we operate inside our spiritual gifts. So often we look at a man's gifts and what he or she does with those gifts to determine how successful that person is in life. We may look at the eloquent preaching power of a TD Jakes, or the inspirational message of Joel Osteen and declare that their effectiveness and success is high in the Kingdom of God. We believe that if we are the best at whatever It is that God has gifted us to do, then God is pleased with us. However, the Apostle Paul tells us that no matter what we do or achieve in this life, if it is not done with love being our main motivation it means nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 reads "If I could speak all the languages of Earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or clanging symbol. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I had to the poor and even sacrifice my body I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing." Here, I believe that God wants us to know that the demonstration of love is the greatest thing that we can do. We can see in this scripture that love is more important than any of the things that most of us would consider great and honorable, such as giving to the poor, understanding the Gospel, having great faith, or even sacrificing ones own body. I must admit, that there have been times when I have done things that other people would consider to be righteous and kind. However, those acts were done because they may have been the right thing to do and I was good at them and not because of love. I believe a lot of us are living our lives doing things only because we are good at them and not because we have love for others. I would like to challenge everyone to love life like Jesus did. His LOVE for the sick was greater than His desire to heal them, His LOVE for those who did not believe in Him was greater than His desire to perform miracles to prove them wrong. God's LOVE for the sinner is greater than His desire to get them to turn from sin, and He proves that in the fact that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
As we close out this months theme on love...God's way, I would like to encourage everyone to demonstrate Christ-like love for everyone and let love be the only motive in anything we do. If you do not remember anything else from this month's theme of love I want you to remember this one thing....OPERATING IN YOUR GIFTS WITHOUT LOVE IS LIKE FINDING FOOLS GOLD, IT MAY GLITTER AND LOOK NICE BUT IT'S NOT WORTH ANYTHING.