IF I HAD the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them, and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn't love others, I would only be making noise.
If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would it do?
Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn't l love others, it would be of no value whatever.
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. Love always protects, love always persists, love always perseveres. Love NEVER fails!
Our Pastor said; "I don't care what race, religion or creed you come from, this passage can change every heart on the face of this earth, it will revolutionize your life."
I have to tell you that this was the first scripture that spoke truth into my heart. This scripture is an AMAZING measuring stick for my heart.
How do you measure your heart?
I think we all need a Gage of some sort, what are some ways that you keep stock & take inventory of your heart?
This is one way I keep inventory, I line my heart up with the truth of this scripture everyday. This scripture apart from God, is NOT doable for me. I NEED God to help me with this. I RELY on God's help with this.
When I read this scripture, why do I feel the compulsive need to bake a goody for my ailing elderly neighbor? This scripture challenges me to love deeper and wider than I have ever loved before.
This is Revolutionary! This is life changing, if we allow this to grasp our hearts fully and deeply. I don't want to be a selfish resounding CLANG! I want to FILL that clang up with His perfect LOVE. I want to go bake that goody for my ailing elderly neighbor! I want to pray for His hope and His peace to fall on the shoulders of ailing family members and friends who are suffering. I want to hold my babies and squeeze them so tight, their little eyeballs pop out of their heads (okay maybe not that tight!) I want to tell them just how precious and beautiful they are to me and to God who loves them SO very much! Love is THE only thing that FILLS me up completely and anything apart from that LOVE is really very ho hum to me. I don't really care if somebody has an extensive education or has incredible accolades of one kind or another, I actually really don't care about those things at all. They just don't excite me. I do get super excited when I hear about a small random act of kindness or a big initiative to help somebody who needs helping. EXCITING. That's the kind of stuff that really floats my boat. Everything else, is ho hum. I get excited when my kids share, without being reminded to. I give standing ovations for organizations who take a stand for the well being of others. I rejoice when love wins, I soar when kindness prevails. I LOVE LOVE.
This is just the sweetest little video clip,
this is the stuff that really REVS me up;
Be Blessed my Friends,
the sun is shining and birdies are chirping!