If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
I am going to pause a few days in looking at Psalm 22 and The Old Testament verses that pertain to Jesus to look at 1 Corinthians 13. This past weekend I felt an urging to address how we as Christians are supposed to act. Too often we come across as hateful, intolerant and unloving. All of this is the exact opposite of how Jesus acted and how He commands us to act. In my blogging I occasionally read blogs written by atheists and have had comments from atheists on my blog. I also read books written by the so called new atheist and have found a lot of hostility toward religion and Christians in particular.
Now this hostility is by no means an indictment of all atheists, in fact those who have comments on my blog have been civil and bring up well reasoned comments. But comments on their own sites do seem to me to be hostile and I think the reason for this hostility lies almost sole in our court. In reacting to the world we can tend to come across as mad at those that do not believe as we do. We sometimes let our hate the sin but love the sinners mindset to come across as hate the sin and the sinner. We have so called Christian groups staging protests at funerals for our fallen soldiers who think these deaths punishment for our country’s tolerance of homosexuality.
Jesus loved the sinner all He asked them to do was sin no more. We as sinners ourselves need to show others Christ’s love. It is not up to us to judge the sins of others. Neither can we expect other to stop their sins when we cannot stop sinning ourselves. Jesus brought people to Himself through His love of them, the poor, the affected and the sinner. He associated with tax collectors, prostitutes and all manner of unclean people. Jesus came to save the unrighteous not the righteous.
In today’s verses Paul list spiritual gifts Christians covet, yet for each one he adds that if he is without love then all other gifts are useless. Even faith without love is nothing. How can we expect to win others to Christ without love?
Have a blessed day,