Lenten Blog 3/6/2018
I am officiating a wedding this weekend and I have been going through some of the more common Bible passages read at weddings. One of the most popular has to 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. As we look at the love of Jesus during this Lent season, this passage seemed very appropriate to reflect on.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
In this passage, we see the all-surpassing importance of love. A lot has been made of spiritual gifts over the years and certain gifts tend to get more attention than others. Healing and prophecy tend to get a lot of attention and people can get quite famous for these gifts. This has even led some to fake having the gifts to get people’s attention and admiration.
Yet, God’s priorities are different. For God, love is most important. You could have all the spiritual gifts in the world, but if you do not have love, you’re missing it. Jesus healed. He cast out demons. He prophesied. He had all the power of God (He is God); yet with all that power, it is His love, as shown on the cross, that shines through it all.