Sometimes there are statements that just stop you dead in your tracks. The ones that come to mind most often are “You’re pregnant!” “You win!” and “I quit!” As I was doing my devotions I ran across this verse:
“I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3b
Wow! Let’s think about this for a moment. Wouldn’t you love to be able to move mountains, travel instantly, go far away places without a lot of work or any other really cool things? Of course! People have wanted to be able to do such really cool things for thousands of years. It’s one reason we’ve invented cars, planes and planes like cars.
But here in 1 Corinthians Paul says that for him, no amount of faith or really cool things would matter if he didn’t love others. Is love really that powerful?
Love is what makes us throw ourselves in burning buildings, in traffic or off cliffs to save others. It’s what makes many of us get up in the morning, keep us going during the day or come home at night. But why is love more valuable than faith?
Because on those days when faith in healing has disappeared, when we just don’t have the strength to go on or we have to give up, if we have love we’ll be able to get through. It’s why people who have PTSD or other challenges who have no faith or hope in life have found some through a loving service dog. It’s why people give second and third chances even when they have no more faith. It carries the faith beyond faith itself.
Do you value love that much? What can you do to strengthen and grow the love in your life today?