Saturday Morning Devotional
Everyone seems to have their own definition of the word love, but what is it really? We can find the true definition of love in the Bible.
Let’s take a look at the Bible verses in the “Love Chapter,” I Corinthians 13:1-13. There we will find what the apostle Paul gave to the Corinthian church as the true meaning of love.
The Sound of True Love
“If I speak human or angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” I Cor. 13:1
Many of you know that I love music! However, there are certain instruments that hurt my ears – cymbals are one of them! The thought of going around sounding like a clanging cymbal or a resounding gong to the people around me is a little nauseating.
Let me sound like love instead!
The Being of True Love
“If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.” I Cor. 13:2
The Lord gives the gifts of prophecy, knowledge, and faith. What a blessing to have these spiritual gifts, but not without love! To have everything and yet be nothing is tragic!
Let me be love instead!
The Gift of True Love
“And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” I Cor. 13:3
Giving to others is a noble thing. However, if we give all away to boast about it, we have done it in vain!
Let me give in love instead!
This is true love:
“Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs.” (A selfless love) “Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
I Cor. 13:4-7
Love is NOT:
Proud or Arrogant
Love Does NOT:
Keep a Record of Wrongs
Find Joy in Sin
Rejoice in Truth
Bears all Things
Believes all Things
Hopes all Things
Endures all Things
Take a close look at each of these lists. I think we need to ask ourselves daily how we match up with these characteristics. These qualities show us the love of God so we can in turn show Christian love to others.
I challenge you to choose a quality or two from the Bible verses above to focus on this week. A few stand out to me as especially challenging:
Which ones stand out to you?
The Way of Love
“Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end.” I Cor. 13:8-10
When you think about it, we will not need prophecies, tongues of men, or knowledge in Heaven. We will be with the Lord Who knows all. When those things come to an end, love will still remain.
Let me be filled with an unending love!
A New Kind of Love
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.” I Cor. 13:11-13
Things will be so different when we get to Heaven. There will be things that we thought we understood, just like children think they understand adult things – but they don’t. They are childish ways. When we have put aside this life and can see clearly, we will be able to truly know that it was love all along that mattered most.
Let me see and understand the importance of love!
A Picture of God’s Love
You may have heard these New Testament scriptures used in a wedding ceremony at some time. They are a beautiful picture of God’s love for us and how we should love one another. They are a true picture of unconditional love! Let us put them into practice today!
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Until next week…
“Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the more excellent way.” I Cor. 12:31
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13