"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 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." (I Corinthians 13:1&2, NKJV)
I don’t know. Lately the Spirit of God has me speaking a lot about love. Could it be the reason is because many in the church today are much like the church Paul was writing to in the city of Corinth.
The Church in Corinth majored in the outward showing of spirituality. The gifts of speaking in tongue, miracles, praise and worship and the like. All were seen to be “evidence” of one’s spirituality and maturity. Paul writes to let the church know, all the “tongue talking” shouting, praising and working of miracles means absolutely nothing if you do not love one another.
We must hear this message today. Praise God for the spiritual gifts. Glorify Him for the miracles being done in and through the body of Christ. But the mark of our spirituality is not tongues, miracles, praise and shouting. Remember what Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another?” (John 13:35, NKJV). As Paul tells us, all the faith, tongues, preaching and spiritual knowledge in the world means absolutely nothing without Love. WE SIMPLY MUST LOVE!