1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (Amplified) 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.
We are very blessed to live in this century. We are blessed with an abundance of biblical information and online recorded sermons of renowned speakers across the world. We have read and even experienced spiritual revival during our time. We have seen tremendous manifestation of the work of the Holy Spirit in churches across the world. We have a “buffet” of teachings from Evangelicals to Charismatics.
Unfortunately, the Apostle Paul is very clear in this passage that we will be nothing but a “noisy gong or a clanging cymbal’ if we just have Biblical knowledge and the gifts of the Holy Spirit but not have love. God’s kind of love. Of course, we should use God’s kind of love to serve both the people in the church and outside the church. We will be able to minister to one another better with unconditional love as the foundation in everything that we do.
Spiritual maturity is not measured by knowledge acquired about the Bible nor being a Bible scholar though it is important to know the Bible well. Neither is spiritual maturity measured by our abilities to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual maturity is measured by how we walk in love towards God and people.
The Apostle Paul was dealing with strife and division in the church of Corinth when he taught them about the importance of love. We are nothing if we do not show love even if we have all knowledge, faith and the full manifestation of the gifts. You and I would not have many changes in our lives until we choose to put into practice what we have read, heard and learnt especially in the area of love. We can be hearers of the word but if we are not doers of the word then we are deceiving ourselves.
When we choose to imitate Christ, We allow the Agape love to flow out of us. We choose to be a peace maker just like God. We choose to re-establish relationships when there is a strain in the relationship. We choose to accept people and extend grace to them. We show mercy to those who least deserve our love and grace.
Sermon Series – How to Love (Part 4)
不幸的是，使徒保罗在这段经文中清楚表明，如果只有圣经的知识和圣灵的恩赐，却没有爱– 神的爱，我们就只会是一面鸣的锣或响的钹。当然，我们应该用 神的爱来服事教会内外的人。我们将能够凡事都以无条件的爱作为基础，更好地为彼此服务。
当我们选择效法基督，我们就允许 神的爱从我们里面流出。我们选择成为与人和好的人，就像 神一样。当关系紧张时，我们选择重新建立关系。我们选择接受别人，并施恩与他们。我们怜悯那些最不配得我们的爱和恩典之人。
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