I'm continuing to journal each verse or two of 1 Corinthians 13. The Love chapter. See prior blog posts for the first two verses.
1 Corinthians 13:3 “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” NIV
The Message says: If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but don’t love, I’ve gotten now where. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
Wow! If I give all, everything I own—my furniture, my house, my car, my savings, my time, my talent – to the poor – the homeless, the sick, the war-torn people in other lands, the lowest castes in India, the lepers, the sex-slaves, the prisoners—or even give up my life – die for Christ’s cause, but don’t love—it’s all useless. The things I do have no impact, no influence, without love.
Wow again! Teach me Holy Spirit how to love as God loves.