“If I can speak in the tongues of men and even of angels, but have not love; that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us, I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 Amplified
Today we are taking a closer look at love as we approach the greatest Love given this month of Christ’s birth.
The 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians is often referred to as the love chapter because that is its primary topic. Appropriately so it starts out in the first verse with a definition of what love is not. The first four verses state that no matter what I do for others if I do it out of requirement or duty and not out of my love and caring for them, then it is worthless. There are a lot of things in life that we are required to do, but loving shouldn’t be one of them. Our love for others comes from God and how much He loves us. He loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us. That’s how you know if you are being religious or a Christian. Religion makes requirements, God inspires us to love.
We will stay in 1 Corinthians for a little while longer so we can take a closer look at what real, God like, love is.