Who cannot like the love chapter in the Bible? It’s great for weddings, excellent for defining Godly character, and challenges the genuineness of your walk with Christ. Read the first three verses again and project these gifts onto Christians you know. People with the gift of tongues, prophetic in speech, strong faith, faith to die for Christ, and generous beyond all measure are all favorably looked upon and admired as Christians. What’s so riveting about this passage is that traits and giftings that bring admiration may only be masking a shallow faith and relationship with God. 1 John 4:8, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (NIV)
Real faith and your relationship with Christ is marked by love. Real love flows out of the depth of your relationship with Jesus. God is love; the more you draw into His life, the more you are saturated with His love. 1 John 4:12 describes it this way, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” (NIV) On the other hand, if your walk with Christ is superficial, the character traits of the world will win out. 1 John 2:9-10 says, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” (NIV) The difference is dramatic. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, you see Godly people who proclaim faith, but lack the character and love of God. Real faith radiates out of a passionate relationship with Christ as demonstrated in 1 John 4:16, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (NIV)
Now re-write 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 with your life. What are your strengths, talents, and good works? Now run them through God’s definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV) Living the loving way allows God’s love to be magnified by your talents, so that your talents become God’s vehicle for showing His love. Are you a walking megaphone for Christ in you?
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another." (NIV)