#LoveIsMore

“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. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Cor 13:1-3)

 

Some times in our lives are just better than others, from December 27th -30th was one of those times. Many from our youth group were able to spend this time together at Exposure Youth Camp. This is one of our “major trips” we take each year, and every year I am left speechless after the lessons. The theme for Exposure this year was “Powered By Love” and was based out of 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen. The bible speaks a lot about love, as a matter of fact it can be argued that the bible is a book about love, the love that God has for each of us, and I believe that to be a true statement.

Paul in speaking to the church at Corinth reminds them of that the agape love the bible speaks of is more than what we say (1 Cor 13:1). Many times in this life people will use all kinds of words, words of flattery, and words of encouragement. Jesus even reminds us that it is that which comes out of a man which will defile him (Matt 15:18), meaning those words we say. Certainly our words can be used to encourage one another, but Paul relates our mere words to just noise if they are not backed up with a sincere and agape love for others

Paul also reminds those at Corinth that agape love is more than what we do. It is no secret that faith without works is dead (Jas 2:20), and there is no question that works are important. James reminds us that we show others our faith BY our works (James 2:18). Our works are of value to God, and God has promised to remember our works (Rev 14:13), but love, as the bible relays agape love, is more than our works, it is the motivation behind our works, which must be a sincere love of others.

Our love for God is based in the fact that God first loved us (1 John 4:8), and God has shown His love for us in so many ways. Remember that every single day your actions and love for others is not a reflection of their love for you, but it is a reflection of your love for God. How will others see God living in you?

Ande Z