1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 3, affirms; “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And 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, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
Love is to be the priority of our lives; achievements mean nothing without love.
So many times, we focus on accomplishments, but not relationships. We need to focus on relationships because that is where love is. We need to focus on our relationship with God and with others. When we fail to do this, the Bible says it’s like the sound of a clanging cymbal. Do you know what a terrible, obnoxious noise that is? There’s nothing more annoying than just a ringing cymbal.
When you don’t have love, your life is insignificant. It doesn’t mean much. But, when you begin to put love with action, you begin to make beautiful melodies.
Many people think that being a follower of Jesus is just believing specific facts. I hope today that you believe that Jesus rose from the grave. I hope you believe that the Bible is God’s word. And, I hope that you know that Jesus was the Son of God, sent to Earth. More importantly, I hope that you don’t just believe this, but I hope that you love God.
It’s not just about believing certain things. Love is the most incredible and supreme value because God loves us. If we want to understand God’s love for us, we have to look at 1 John 4: 7; “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
God is the originator of love. Love starts with Him. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. And whoever does not, does not know God, because God is love. And this is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world, that we might live through Him. God loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. God initiated His love for us.