1 Corinthians 13
“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, and have not charity, I am nothing.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:2
“And though I have the gift of prophecy…” In the very next chapter, in verse 5, Paul says that he would rather them prophesy. That statement seems to hint at its being one of the greatest spiritual gift.
Understanding all mysteries, and having all knowledge. There we go again- smart and intelligent. Having enough faith to move mountains! That seems like a really spiritual person.
But notice how he says even if he had the greatest spiritual gifts, and knew all these things and could do mighty things with his faith, yet didn’t have love, he is NOTHING!
Okayyy… So what is love? What does it mean, and how can we attain it? Three very good questions.
As for the answers to the first and second questions, we will look at those in future posts, but if you really need a sneak-peek, you can read the rest of 1 Corinthians 13.
In answer to the third question, the Bible says in 1 John 4:7-8, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
And also in 1 John 5:3,
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
Do you see it? “…for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.” And if we have the love of God, “… we keep His commandments.” And THAT is how we attain the love of God. Keeping His commandments.
That statement brings us to what Jesus said about the two greatest commandments of God: “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” ~Matthew 22:37-40
What did I do yesterday? Well, my dear grandma, Miss H. and I went shopping at Walmart. Mothers’s Day and birthday shopping. Turns out my cousin we were shopping for was at the store the same time we were! Today is her birthday, so happy birthday, dearest cousin!!! Our stuff was quickly hidden under other stuff so she wouldn’t see her gifts. She was actually picking out a bike for her birthday. And she got cheese sticks. The breaded kind from the Walmart deli. That happened to be our mission as well when we saw her!
‘Twas decided that she would ride with us, since we were going to a recital of our other cousins (I have a lot of cousins, and I love them all!). They did splendid work on their musical performances.
It was rather sad, as well. Their music teacher, who used to be my music teacher before and after I started homeschooling, is supposed to be moving this year. So that was her last production after 43 years. We all love her and will miss her very much! She is one in a trillion!
Come back soon to read Part 3 of The Love Series. I hope you are enjoying it. What are your thoughts? Did you catch something I missed?
Have you ever been in a recital? If so, what instrument did you play?