I’ve been waiting to share this devotional all year. Today I am sharing one of my favorite Christian songs that was written years ago, but the inspiration for this song came from the verses covered today in the Devotion. I love you all and hope God is filling your life with peace and joy in this crazy season.
1If 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. 2If 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. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
The letters to the Corinthian churches were by no means Paul’s strongest letters. I guess that’s why the council that chose the order of the Bible’s canon put them right behind Romans, so readers might not be so critical of the scolding Paul is doing through this first letter to the Corinthians. But from these letters Paul writes the verses we look at above and the ones we will look at the next three days. These are verses that speak the truth about love, verses that transcend time. These three sentences today are some of my favorite truths about the underlying point of being a Christian: no matter what you do, if you do not love others, you are wasting your time. So that’s right, those social media monsters that claim to be Christians but do not love others, they are false followers of Christ. If we claim to be a Christian nation but all we want to do is build walls and turn those that seek our help away, we are no better than the sounds of a rusty gate. Love your enemies, love your friends, love strangers, love everyone. Do not get this twisted, this doesn’t mean to run up and wrap your arms around every stranger on the streets. It just means to have compassion on people, help them when you can, don’t pass judgement, don’t waste all your resources on earthly pleasures but in making the world a better place.
Reading plan: 2 Corinthians 4, 5
Deeper reading plan: Proverbs 13, 14, 15
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Distance run day. Run as far and as long as you want, but make sure you are out there pounding pavement for at least 30 minutes.