1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”
How do we treat people? How would others characterize our attitudes, demeanor, and interaction with them? Do we actually CARE about other people and their struggles, successes, and personal lives. Or are we consumed with what is happening in our lives?
Take the list from 1 Cor. 13–if we are focused on ourselves and are not loving other people, we will could be characterized by any number of the following:
- Desiring what others have (envy)
- Think of ourselves as very important (arrogant)
- Irritable or easily angered by others
- Happy when bad things happen to people
- No faith in goodness
- No ability to persevere under hardship
- No willingness or ability to endure mistreatment
According to 1 Corinthians 13, the greatest thing we can do in this life is not to strive to be a Billy Graham crusader, but rather to treat people with love. THEN, the gifts that God has given to each person can be used effectively and with great power.
So, flip that list and do the positive and you will have fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, according to Jesus–that is, if you also love the Lord in the same manner. BE:
- Content with what we have
- Humble and not patting ourselves on the back for our accomplishments
- Ok if others get to have their way
- Sad when people experience evil
- Rejoicing with the truth.
- Able to perservere when things are hard
- Willing to be mistreated but still love
- Consistent in what we know is true
Points to Remember:
- We can’t love people if we are not around them. People can know you love them if you’re not there, but how? Because of how you have treated them in the past.
- Loving people was Jesus’s main concern and it should be ours. Loving the way that Jesus did demonstrates the power of God in one’s life because it loves regardless of how one is treated in return. There is no expectation. Accepting Jesus Christ means that we are then able to live and love like Him. Without the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us we will only love as much as is humanly possible, but we will never be able to love the way God does because He will not be in us.
- The Holy Spirit empowers us to love beyond human means.