Nothing without love

This week I want to start off with some verses, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-3‬ ‭In these verses Paul tells the Corinthians, if you do not have love, you have nothing and you have done nothing. In our world today we as a people seem to prefer hate to love, it is what drives clicks and that is why everywhere you look there seems to be hate. If you look at the trend it is mostly about hate and very little stories about someone loving a homeless person or  helping others or showing the love of Christ. It happens so little that when it does, it seems to get hate for the way they did it or what they were wearing.  So many people are stirring hate, whether over race, religion, or politics.  I think this week God wants to remind us that those things are earthly problems, that will not last forever and that love is the one emotion that will last forever. We seem to be interested in hate now, but at the root we all are looking to others for approval and for love when we should be looking for those things from Jesus. If you are a child of God, then there is nothing you can do to make God love you less or more than He does right now. For some people, you have been serving God because you are trying to get Him to love you more, but you can’t do anything to get Him to love you more. That does not mean that you should not serve Him, it means that you should serve Him more not seeking love, but because He loves you the most He could ever love you now. You should serve Him not to be seen by Him or anyone else for boasting rights, but so that others may see Him through you and so they can feel the love of Christ.  So many people are looking for someone to show them love, rather by giving them your time to come to know them or by meeting their needs. This week I want to encourage you to realize that we all need to feel love sometimes and so many people are hurting during this time, because 2020 has thrown off their gathering with their family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. This week I would also like to encourage you to show the love of Jesus to all you meet this week and to think about finding some way to serve Him this week whether online or in person.

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