Without This You are Nothing

April 3, 2008

Without this:

  • your friendships are nothing
  • your marriage is nothing
  • your time with your kids is nothing
  • your work ethic is nothing
  • your skills and talents and abilities are nothing
  • your church involvement is nothing
  • your spiritual gifts are nothing
  • your offerings are nothing
  • your good intentions are nothing
  • your faith is nothing

          . . . you are nothing.

Do you know what “this” is?  The answer is…love.  If you don’t believe it, reread 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.  Once those verses shake you up a little bit, join us this week as dozens of us memorize Paul’s description of love.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)

Highlight these verses in your Bible and/or write them a note card.  Read them out loud every day.  Meditate on their meaning.  Pray them into your heart.  Celebrate them in worship.  And don’t forget the goal: application — apply these verses to your relationships.  

To love others like this is to love them the way you have been loved by God in Christ.  To love others like this is to be a gospel-shaped person.   To love others like this is to have a life that really means something. 

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