One of my favourite verses in the bible is
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
This verse has stuck with me since child hood. But I have only come to understand its poignancy in the last couple of years.
Spending my early mornings before primary (elementary) school reciting all of 1Corinthians 13 with my family, my tired eyes and immature brain could hardly comprehend the magnitude of God’s love buried deep within this scripture, let alone in this single verse.
Firstly Charity means Love, but not the kind of love that we use to describe our affinity for ice cream. It’s agape love. The highest form of love possible. It’s the love that God has for us, and it’s the love that we are to have for Him.
Love is so important. Because God is love.
1 John 4:8 KJV
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
And because God is love, you can swap out the word “charity” with God in the verse (1Corinthians 13:1).
Thus, it doesn’t matter if I know every language in the world, and if I have the gift of conversing with angels. If I don’t have God in my life, and if love is not the reason behind this gift, then I may as well be making nonsensical noise that no one can understand.
God does everything in love, because He is love. There is no other possible way for Him to act.
So let love be your motivation behind everything you do. And in doing so, you give God permission to perform miracles in your life.
And the more love you give, the more that love comes flooding back in waves of godly strength that uplift you, and give you courage to love the unlovable, and to show them Christ.
Life with God, is to have life with love, and I pray that it’s a love that will not let me go.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 KJV
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you