Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:2-13:13
I know, it’s Thanksgiving Week and it’s early to be sharing my Christmas list, but today’s reading caused me to bypass thankfulness and move straight to the “I’m making a list and checking it twice” time of year.
Today’s reading is about gifts. Not your ordinary, pickup at Target kind of gifts, but heavenly gifts… gifts more amazing and miraculous than the kind a guy in a red suit brings down the chimney.
Here are some of them:
- Those who do miracles
- Those who have the gift of healing
- Those who can help others
- Those who have the gift of leadership
- Those who speak in unknown languages
Hummm, helping others sounds more like giving than a gift.
Receiving and using these gifts is a lot of work, but there’s no better feeling than to be supernaturally gifted and used by the God of the Universe.
There’s something better?
The Apostle Paul made it very clear:
So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. –1 Corinthians –12:31-13:3
I want that.
I want the kind of love Paul was talking about.
Yes, all the world would love to receive that kind of love…
that kind of love
is the greatest gift.
Here’s what it looks like:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (From The Message)
We’re not bankrupt when we aren’t loved. We’re bankrupt when we can’t love others.
Heavenly Father, fill me with Your love so that I can love like You. Forgive me for the times I’ve failed. Lord, please give me the gift of supernatural love.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:1-15:58