June 10 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“If I speak in the tongues of men or angels but don’t have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. And if I prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I all faith to remove mountain, but don’t have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but don’t have love, I have gained nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1–3)
So many times we forget the reason we do things. But it could be argued that if we don’t understand why we do things it’s not worth doing them. Our reason should inform our action.
In the middle of talking about the gifts of the Spirit and diving deeper into further discussion of prophecy and speaking in tongues Paul stops to show us “a most excellent way.” Couched between these discussions on gifts is the discussion on our motive and reason for using gifts.
Love must be the reason you do what you do. The Holy Spirit cannot use you in your gift if you hold it more important than love. We tend to treasure the gifts and hold them on high pedestals but we must put love in first place over the gifts.
Some people believe Paul’s reference to love refers to the first of the fruit of the Spirit, bringing all of them up. But love is paramount. It’s through unconditional love that our flesh takes a backseat when we use our gift.
Action Step: Make sure love is your motivation for using your gifts. It will do more harm than good without love. Follow the Spirit’s leading.
Lord Jesus, make love my motivation for using my gifts. While the gifts are precious, make me a person who loves others and uses my gifts out of that love for them.