SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Corinthians 14:1-3 (MSG)
TEXT: 1-3 Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.
OBSERVATION: After just going through a well know chapter on the subject of ‘love’, Paul still had a few things to reemphasize to the Corinthian church, and to challenge us with. Its almost like a recap, where he emphasized the two most important gifts. Notice how important he felt love is for us? In fact, Paul said that we should ‘go after it’, or ‘seek after’ it! Ever thought of love in that way? The other important gift is prophecy, or proclaiming the truth of God’s Word to a lost world. Let’s dig into this….
APPLICATION: In life, we tend to ‘go after’ the girl of our dreams, and possibly the car, or house, or boat of our dreams, but God used His servant Paul to also emphasize the importance of ‘love’ that we would go after it, Now at one time it was declared that God is love, and I could only imagine that was meant to describe the sacrifice, depth, warmth and everlasting peace that’s found in the fullest meaning of love. For we know that God demonstrated His love unselfishly, and unconditionally, by giving up His very own Son, so that we might have the best gift ever, the opportunity to accept that love and the person of His Son Jesus, that also prepares us for eternal life in heaven. So may I suggest that you examine the depth of God’s love for us, so that you might understand the depth of the love that Paul referenced in these verses. Let’s not take God’s love lightly, but let’s desire to have it in our hearts so badly, that we would be willing to go after it with all of our heart. A heart filled with God’s perfect love, is a heart that will be seen, understood and convinced that Jesus must live within that child of God, and is worthy of listening to by those coming into contact with them. This is also a person who would have a deep yearning to know more about God, so that they may not just share the love of God, but also the truths of God as declared in His Word. It seems like Paul may have been dealing with some other mindsets, as he particularly described the purpose and use of the gift of tongues. However, it is evident that Paul was convinced by God that the two most important gifts are: 1). Love, and 2) Prophecy (sharing the truth of God’s Word). Join me friends, in going after these gifts, so that they are the most prevalent in our character, and in our overall desire to please and serve God.
PRAYER: Lord, we humbly come before You this morning after once again being reminded of Your unconditional, extreme love for us. We realize that this is probably one of the most needed attributes by mankind today, and therefore something that will help them recognize a child of the King more than anything else. Lord, please also give us the boldness to not be afraid of sharing our testimony and the basic truths of Your Word. That will draw mankind to you far quicker than our evaluation of things or our opinions. Lord, we want to be more like You so that the world might come to know you through simple people just like You. Oh that they may see Jesus, is our utmost desire dear Lord. Work through us, we pray. AMEN!
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