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Love Is Better

"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing" (1 Cor. 13:2).

As a coach, I often heard the term, "He's such a natural athlete. For some, learning a particular skill comes much easier because of an innate ability. Although many of the skills necessary in a specific discipline are taught, for some, they seem to come naturally. The gospel is strictly a taught and learned religion. It's foundations are knowledge, with persuasion added to it. There is small wonder that some are held in high esteem that can express their faith in clear, concise and compelling words. To those in the Corinthian church, speaking in tongues, went one step beyond clear, concise and persuasive words. To be truthful, I'm not quite sure what that gift fully entailed. I may get some criticism for this view, but I think in view of some things said in the 14th chapter, it meant speaking in languages that they did not know. I know that there are some who these maintain that these were some kind of ecstatic utterances. Whatever it was, it was an impressive gift, and those here who had it seemed to be bragging about it. Problems developed in the Corinthian church as a result of Christians trying to outdo one another with the miraculous gifts that had been bestowed on them.

The apostle Paul, in writing chapter 13, found it necessary to remind these Christians that no gift, no matter how seemingly impressive, compensated for an absence of love. We may have some in our congregations today that have greater abilities. Some may be more generous, knowledgeable or well-spoken. Some may be more able to teach, preach, sing or lead a public prayer. NO GIFT, whether naturally or supernaturally endowed, can substitute for love! Paul calls the Corinthians back to the basics. Love is at the very core of the Christian message. All of the bells and whistles that one might want to add or include are no substitute for it. Not generosity, knowledge or speaking ability...Not even teaching, preaching, singing or praying. Each one of these gifts must be used with love at it's core! We didn't become Christians to attempt to outdo one another, but to do for one another! When all is said and done, love is the superior gift....

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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