The Importance of Love
I Corinthians 13:1-8
1 Though I speak with the tongues on men and of angels, and have not charity; I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophesy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge: and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long. and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophesies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Most students of the Holy Bible will recognize this passage as what is commonly know as "the love chapter". Because it is just that. It is the definition of what love really is. Interesting here, Paul uses the word charity; than the word love. Its not that the word love was not commonly used in scripture. We see it throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
Paul uses the reference to charity to indicate a self giving, self sacrificing love. In the Greek language that the New Testament was originally written in: there are three words for the English word: love. Phelos, let's call it brotherly love; the sme word that our word, fellowship comes from. Eros, the love a husband has for his wife; where we get the word erotic. Agape, this is the self giving love God has for us: charity. This is the love God desires his children to have for one another, even all mankind. This is the love that Jesus had for you and I on the cross, as he suffered and died for our sins. Therefore, it behooves us as Christians, to show that same love to all the world.
John says in his letter ( I John 4:20-21), If a man says, "I love God."but he hates his brother, he's a liar. For if he can't love love his brother who he has seen, how can he love God, who he has not seen? Makes sense to me! And this is the commandment: that anyone who loves God, loves his brother also. Simple as that.
Without love, we're lost. Love is the power that God used to create us in the first place. It is the power that Jesus had on the cross to give Himself for us. Love is the power that allowed Jesus to return from the tomb to secure our salvation in Heaven. Love is the power that keeps us alive from day to day, and we don't even realize it.
LOVE IS POWER