Give Yourself to Others …

Archive for August 2008

For a long time, I viewed 1 Corinthians 13 as a description of what love means.

But I spent this past weekend with some friends listening to several presentations by Landon Saunders, whom I’ve know for 35 years. Almost in passing he reread the opening few verses of that chapter and my view of those words changed.

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

This passage is about me. It’s not about love. It describes me, if I’m not demonstrating love in my life.

I can be the greatest speaker in the world. I can be the wisest and smartest person the world has ever seen. I can accomplish anything. I can be the most generous person you’ll ever know, even to the point of sacrificing myself. But if I’m not doing it out of love for others, then it’s completely pointless.

I can have all the right doctrines. I can understand the Bible perfectly. But, if I don’t love others, the way Jesus loved me (John 15:12), then I’ve missed the point, according to what Paul is writing in 1 Cor 13.

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