2And 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, and have not charity, I am nothing. (I Corinthians 13:1-2)
Interestingly these verses are set between two chapters devoted to the operation of the gift of holy spirit in the church. We have wonderful spiritual abilities, but without the love of God we are nothing.
Now let’s throw in a little sacrifice and charity work.
3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
What good is that! Nothing! It all sounds loving in today’s world. None of these avenues come close, not even one little micrometer, to the unfathomable love God is able to pour into our hearts to every nook and cranny of our being. It is real, authentic, unfeigned and powerful.
There are some great books on the market on how to have better relationships with people, but even if a person memorizes and quotes them verbatim, the old adage applies that ‘you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’. The love of God is an inside job. It is resident in any man or woman when he or she makes Jesus Christ Lord. It is God’s love and it FAR EXCEEDS human love! It has perception, insight, vision, righteousness, justness and so many attributes that it is hard to list them all. God lists a few in the rest of the chapter.
The love of God is something you cannot practice, rehearse or robotically manifest. No one can tell you how to do it. There is no mistaking it because it is just so right, reassuring and is perfect justice, a complete truth.
So how do we share the love of God with others? First and foremost we need to really see how much He loves us. We need to have the contentment of knowing we are loved by Him before we can ever really help others. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, what baggage you are trying to lug around, you can let go and let God have free reign in your hearts by reading and digesting the church epistles.
We have to remember that we don’t push God around, we don’t bend Him, and we don’t twist Him to suit our luggage. He is what He says He is in His word and we are what He says we are. Just read the first chapter in Ephesians, it’s all there.