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How Important is Love?

If you’re the most eloquent speaker on the planet and thousands attend your conferences and buy your books, but you don’t show God’s love to people, God says you are an “annoying distraction”!

If you have such strong faith that you can perform miracles, but you don’t love your fellow man, you’re just a “nobody”.

If you sell everything you own and give it all to feed the poor, but you don’t spread God’s love, it does you no good at all.

Let that sink in for a minute!

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction].

And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing.

If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.” I Corinthians 13:1-3 AMP

Several years ago, I was questioning something being taught at the church I was attending. It seemed to me like too much emphasis was being put on money and prosperity. I decided to re-read the New Testament. I read it three times in a row, looking for what God considered most important.

I kept track of the number of times each topic was presented in the Word of God. Every time faith was taught, I tallied it. I did the same for every topic that came up including healing, prayer, prosperity, hope, joy, mercy, love, and many other topics.

Do you know what I discovered? Overwhelmingly, the most frequently mentioned topic of the New Testament was love! If love was the most talked about topic, it must be really important! I knew that if I understood nothing else, I needed to understand what matters most to God – love.  I began to study it in depth.

“As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6

It was like God was teaching me that this is what He wanted me to study. This is what He wanted me to learn.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV

Did you show God’s love today?

With Love, 

Cindy

This is My Journey Unscripted.

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12 thoughts on “How Important is Love?”

  1. You’re absolutely right Cindy and I remind myself to take my spiritual temperature frequently. Love is what compels us to give that encouraging word, to take that extra step, to lift one another up in prayer and to be a vessel where God’s love can be demonstrated to others. Sometimes my temperature barely registers and that is normally a good indication that I need to get closer to our shepherd. And yet there are other times when His indwelling Spirit just overwhelms me and I go with His flow. That is beautiful to experience and so easy to do. I’m thinking you are a gift to those around you, both wise and balanced and in these times, that is a rarity. May God’s grace, peace and blessings be upon you and yours to His glory.

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  2. So basic and so true, but sometimes SO hard to do!! I have so many wonderful people in my life, but there are those few… 🙂 I’m so thankful for the verses you shared, Cindy, and so thankful for God’s enabling in the area of love. God bless you!

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  3. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV

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