Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Is God Impressed?

Photo by Logan Brumm (Flickr)
Thank you for joining me in our quest to memorize 1 Corinthians 13, one verse at a time. Don’t worry, the Memorizing Scripture Blog police will not be penalizing you if you can’t recite these verses perfectly. Our goal is to hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we can be more like Him in the way we love. I want us to enjoy this endeavor – and see how we are changed by doing it! Okay?

This week’s verse:
1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)
If 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.

While reading the following quote from Matthew Henry’s Commentary, observe what little value he believes God gives our acts of faith that are done without love. (Note: a dram is equal to about 1/16 of an ounce!!)
“Moving mountains is a great achievement in the account of men; but one dram of charity is, in God’s account, of much greater worth than all the faith of this sort in the world.”
How amazing would it be for a mountain to obey my command to move – even a fraction of an inch? I would feel very powerful and maybe become awesomely impressive to some.

But God wouldn’t be impressed at all. In fact He says if I “do not have love, I am nothing!”

Even if I could, as your beloved blogger, explain “all mysteries” and answer all your questions about life’s issues – if I did it without God’s love in me, I would be a useless nobody.

Father, remind me this week how important it is to demonstrate Your love.

This week’s goal:
While memorizing 1 Corinthians 13:2, examine my actions to see if I am doing things out of love.

What about you?
  • What does this verse mean to you? What words or section of words stand out for you?

  • How did you do with memorizing the first verse of 1 Corinthians 13? Did you make an SMC (Scripture Memory or Meditation Card)? Let me know if you want me to email you any of these verses, formatted to fit an index card.

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