If 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 (1 Corinthians 13:2, New International Version).
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
Song: “Love, Wonderful Love”
A colorful brochure in the mail drew my attention. The cover page promised to turn everyone who took the three-day seminar on ministry gifts into supernatural believers. When the seminar ended, we’d have the power to heal the sick, speak as prophets, perform miracles, understand all the mysteries of God, and . . . (it was a long list).
The last benefit, outlined in bold print, included “inheriting the wealth of the nations.” People would give us their money because we had such great faith. Awesome! But something was missing—not one word about love. I tossed the brochure in my “circular file.”
Without love, we have nothing. All of our faith and abilities count as nothing when love is missing. Even our greatest sacrifices or acts of benevolence mean nothing without love. Nor can any of our spiritual gifts redeem such a sad situation. However, when love becomes our motivation, even the slightest effort in Christ can make an eternal difference.
Loving Lord, I realize a day will come when You examine everything I’ve said or done in this life. That day will reveal my greatest efforts, and I hope love will have motivated them. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
“Whole Bunch of Nothing” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2006 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.