What Does 1 Corinthians 13:3 Mean?

And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:3(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

Love is the primary characteristic that we see in the Father's gift of His Son to the world and in Christ's sacrifice of Himself for His church, and throughout the Church epistles we are called to love one another in the same way that Christ loved us, for love is enriching and fulfilling for the one who loves as well as for the one who is loved.

But when the gifts of the Spirit are administered apart from love they are of no value, either to the one who ministers or to the one to whom he is ministering. Speaking is tongues without love becomes a clamouring noise, and without love, prophesying or preaching, knowledge or faith demeans the preacher, dishonours the Lord and does not edify the saints.

Indeed should one feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the destitute, tend to the sick, visit prisoners, educate the disadvantaged or even become a martyr for ones faith.. without love, we are told that we gain nothing.

Love of God and His Spirit of love pulsing through our lives and streaming out to others is the most important ministry any one of us can be called to undertake. Little children, let us love on another, as Christ loved us - for love is of God.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, may the love of God stream through me so that by Your Spirit my life may enrich the lives of others, and glorify my Father in heaven, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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