Monday, June 17, 2013

To Gain or Not to Gain?

Memorizing and Applying 1 Corinthians 13, One Verse per Week Series, Part 3

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This week let’s focus on the third verse:

1 Corinthians 13:3 (NIV)
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

“If the motive which makes a man give his life for Christ is pride and self-display, then even martyrdom becomes valueless. It is not cynical to remember that many a deed which looks sacrificial has been the product of pride and not of devotion.”
The Letters to the Corinthians. Revised Edition. The Daily Study Bible Series by William Barclay(1975)

Let’s apply the above Bible verse and Mr. Barclay’s quote to our everyday lives.

Are you guilty of complaining about all the hard work you do for your family or employer while exclaiming the familiar, “What would they do without me?”  Let’s be even more honest: We almost associate our “sacrificial deeds” to martyrdom, don’t we?

Unfortunately, even if we give all we have to give, including all our energy and every hour of our life, there is no reward from God if we do these things with the wrong attitude.

However a great truth becomes evident when we begin to allow the love of God to be our motivator. Joy, peace – even a beautiful sense of purpose becomes ours.

And that’s a lot better than not gaining anything, isn’t it?

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Father, help me serve others at home and at work with the same love You have for me.

This week’s goal:
To serve others at home and at work with the love God has in (and for) me.

What about you?

  • Have you noticed yourself paying more attention to actively loving others as you pursue memorizing 1 Corinthians 13?

  • What difference(s) have you noticed in the way you relate to people?
How are you doing with memorizing these verses? Are you making an SMC (Scripture Memory or Meditation Card)? Let me know (by leaving a comment below) if you want me to email you any of these verses, formatted to fit an index card.

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