Exercise Gifts With Love
Verse 1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
What good would any of these gifts be that Paul mentioned in the previous chapter do, if not used in love?
Verse 2 – And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Verse 3 – And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Verse 4 – Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
Verse 5 – does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
Verse 6 – does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
Verse 7 – bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Contrary to what the world calls love, God’s love is directed outward toward others, not inward to ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love can only come with God;’s help, loving others while expecting nothing in return.
Verse 8 – Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
Verse 9 – For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
Verse 10 – But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
God gives us these spiritual gifts while we live on earth in order to build-up, serve, and strengthen fellow Christians. In eternity, we will be made perfect and complete, and will be in the presence of God All Mighty, and no longer need these spiritual gifts.
Verse 11 – When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
The idea here is, that the knowledge which we now have, compared with that which we shall be in heaven, is like which is possessed in infancy compared with that we have as an adult.
Verse 12 – For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then shall I know just as I also am known.
While on this earth, we can only know Christ in part; we only understand in part. But one day when we are all gathered in heaven, we will know Him “face to face!”
Verse 13 – And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
When faith and hope are in line, we are free to love as Christ loves. Love is the greatest because it carries into the next age. Both faith and hope will be fulfilled in eternity. LOVE NEVER ENDS!