Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 13
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
“And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:13)
The church at Corinth was caught up in spiritual gifts. There is nothing wrong with being excited, but Paul wanted them to have a biblical understanding of gifts and not be out of balance. The Corinthian believers did not lack for spiritual gifts, but they didn’t always exercise them properly. The problems they were experiencing boiled down to one thing; a lack of spiritual maturity. Spiritual growth is dwarfed by a lack of love. What good is it to have gifts, abilities, and privileges but not have love? There are two things that God requires of us above all else. First, we must love God supremely. Second, we must love others. Weirsbe says, “It is love that enriches the gift and that gives it value. Ministry without love cheapens both the minister and those who are touched by it; but ministry with love enriches the whole church.” Loving God and loving others is a key to solving most of the problems facing the church today. This chapter was written to a church struggling with many problems to revolutionize their church. Love is still the key to revival in our families, churches, and communities as well.
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, fill us with Your love, May we experience the fullness of Your Presence. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron