Untainted Love

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I may speak in different languages, whether human or even of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am only a noisy bell or a ringing cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy, I may understand all secrets and know everything there is to know, and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all this, if I don’t have love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have to help others, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing all this if I don’t have love. I Corinthians 13:1-3 ERV

Love must be the foundation in which all of these things above are built on. Paul says so clearly that we can do all of these things, but if without love, it’s basically a waste of time. That’s pretty sad, isn’t it. I have watched people try to impress others with all of their sacrifices, their donations to the poor, but are bitter toward their family, church members or pastors. Sweetest people with a root of bitterness are not sweet when things take a turn and they’re no longer in control.

Here’s a little quiz to check yourself, just to see if you truly walk in untainted love:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud.  Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it.  Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth.  Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. I Corinthians 13:4-7

Hmmmm, I personally see some areas I need to work on, lest I’m merely busy doing and not so good at reflecting. What are my motives? If it’s not to reflect the love of God then I’m just taking up space because I’m no good to God on earth if I don’t walk in love.

Father, purify my heart, see if there be any impure motives, things that taint the love that you’ve placed in my heart. Wash me and I will be clean, made white as snow. That I would not be guilty of experiencing Your great love, but hoarding it and not giving away the gift of love You bestowed on me. Give me opportunities to love, all day, everyday. May I not fail You in this great walk of love. It’s in Jesus’ name I love, Amen.

 

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