Scripture: I Corinthians 13; I John 4:8
God is love. Love is pure, genuine and unchanging. It is not an emotion. In some way, his love transforms us. It is a genuine attitude in our approach to life that becomes consistent and deepens. Apostle Paul perceived that the Corinth church did not respond to the work of the ministry in love. They had misunderstandings when it came to ministry positions and the working of the Holy Spirit. All which have to do with understanding the love of God.
Whatever we do, if it is not in love, it profits us nothing. When we help others, it is not for self-pleasure or for recognition. But it is done in love. Always keep in mind, that Christ gave the ultimate gift to us when he laid down his life for the sins of the world. Love will see the need of others and have the desire to help.
There are four teachable characteristics of love: (1) love beareth all things – it takes on the needs of others (2) love believeth all things – it applies and embraces the promises of God and trust him for all things (3) love hopeth all things – flows from belief and becomes a vision of the promises of God (4) love endureth all things – a made up mind not to give up, but hold fast in the power of Christ.
To have the love of God within is the most powerful and enduring gift. It is an assurance that his presence is planted in the most cherish part of a man, his heart. “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
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From the Path of Righteousness Church in Christ.