As you might be able to tell from this title of this post I want to talk about 1 Corinthians 13. In case you don’t know what the verse says here it is.
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but do not love, I am nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all His mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, ” Jump,” and it jumps, but I do not love, I am nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I do not love, I have gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I am bankrupt without love.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-7
Okay…WOW, am I right?
This verse shows just how important and powerful love is. So many still believe that it is our actions that bring us salvation even though this verse and Ephesians 2:9 ( For by grace you have been saved through faith.) clearly states that it is not our own doing that saves us. Reflecting back on the start of my relationship with Christ I can tell how easily it is to get tangled into the lie. Especially when others have a tendency to judge you as a Christian based on your actions or how you look or other worldly aspects. Of course while how you act reflects Jesus or should reflect Jesus, we also all make mistakes and that is okay. 1 Corinthians 13, I feel is one of the most important verses in the Bible. To say no matter what we do, if we do not do it with love it is nothing, is world changing. Imagine a world full of people who are doing ordinary things but doing them out love, especially the love of Jesus.
While researching different careers as I prepared for college I had a tendency to often ask myself if what I was looking into was something God wanted me to do. I was looking for a purpose or for some job that was set in place for me. But in reality God doesn’t exactly care what job you have or what path you take in life as long as you are following Him and His Word. God can work through you no matter what circumstance or job position you have. Maybe where you work you can’t speak the name of Jesus directly but others can see and feel you love of Jesus just by your kindness or actions. In high school I often found myself wondering if others see Jesus in me, or if others just saw someone who decided to be nice today. In my mind I was trying to figure out how my peers and even teachers could see Him in me. It all relates back to 1 Corinthians 13, do absolutely everything with love.
So as you go on with your day to day life and where ever you are on your journey today carry with you what this verse teaches us. Remember that your actions and words should proudly reflect back to Jesus.
~ 1 Corinthians 13 ~