1 Corinthians 13:3 Don’t Give Without Love

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. 1 Corinthians 13:3

Throughout the world many wealthy people can be seen giving large amounts of money for different causes. Many of those people doing the giving have never even set foot in the area to help with the cause directly themselves.

Others have gone out of their way to physically help with a cause, while giving some money. Often these things are done for tax write-offs or for publicity.

As Paul begins to describe what true love is, he states that if he gives everything he has to the poor or goes through hardship for others, but does not have love, he does not gain anything.

Wealthy people are not the only ones who often give without love in the process. Giving in order to get something is a common problem for many people, whether wealthy or poor.

Getting some type of tax exemption is a common reason for people to give money or things. Getting praise and recognition is the common reason for giving of one’s self to help another person out. Both of these types of giving gain nothing, since love is not really in it. The only love is selfish personal love, not God’s love.

Giving like this is also very common in a church. Some will give as little as possible, just to say that they gave. Or they give a lot and announce it loudly, so that everyone knows that they gave. Again these people gain nothing.

God gave out of love when He gave Jesus. Jesus gave out of love when He gave His life. Every believer needs to give out of true love, love for God and love for others.

You may or may not be a person who gives money or self to others. If you do give, examine why you give. Ask yourself what is the motivation behind your giving of money or self.

Allow God’s love to permeate your heart, so that all that you do will be done out of love, not for selfish pride or dead obedience. If God’s love is not in the giving, it will mean nothing and gains nothing.

When love is at the center of your giving, God will be able to reward you greatly, both in this life and in eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will have God’s love in your heart for others; that you will give out of love for God and others; and that God will help you to remove all selfish pride.

Jude 1:20-21 Built Up In Faith And Prayer

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21

When someone talks about being built up, he is often talking about physically, emotionally or in a position socially. On a regular basis people go to a gym to build up the physical bodies. Many will seek to be built up in positions at work or in their community. Still others work at being built up in their emotions.

All of these things are for temporary build ups.

Jude tells the people to build themselves up in their faith and by praying in the Holy Spirit. The purpose is to keep themselves in God’s love while waiting for the return of Jesus.

While the world is seeking to build themselves up in temporary things of this world, the believer is also to build himself up in something different. The entire focus of a believer is not the temporary, but the eternal.

Everything that a believer does is with a focus that some day Jesus will return to take him home with Him for all eternity. This is a hope that cannot be seen with the physical eyes, it is faith that what God’s word says is true.

At the point a person becomes a believer he has some faith in God. This should not stay at that point, but continue to grow more and more. Over time a person’s faith in God should grow stronger as he sees God’s faithfulness.

In order for this faith to grow, one must also be praying in the Holy Spirit. This is allowing the Holy Spirit to guide his prayers.

Building one’s faith and prayers will keep one in the center of God’s love.

Regardless of how much you work on building yourself up in the temporary things of this world, work more at building up your faith in God and your times of prayer.

Work to trust God more and more each day. Take more and more time to spend time communicating with God in prayer. Allow His Holy Spirit to guide your prayers, so that they will be effectual and fervent prayers that accomplish great things.

Keep growing as you wait for the return of Jesus to take you to heaven for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your faith in God will grow daily; that you will pray more each day; that your life will be focused upon God’s eternal promises; and that you will stay in God’s love till Jesus returns.

Ephesians 3:19 How To Be Filled With God

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19

For a person to really understand and know a person, one must have knowledge about that person. One can get to know a person in how he thinks, acts and responds to different situations. The more of these things a person knows, the better he knows a person.

No matter how long one knows a person, there is usually some new things to still be learned. Along with all the new learning, people will often change over time, causing re-learning to occur.

Paul is wanting the people to really know the love of God. The purpose of knowing His love is so that they may be filled with all of God.

It is easy for people to claim that they know God. Often all this means is that they know about God or know just a small amount about God.

Since God is infinitely big and eternal, one cannot know absolutely everything about God. The one thing that a person must know about God, that most encompasses who He is, is to really know His love.

Since God is love, it is what most defines who God is and what His character is.

One must stop and think about how great His love is. God created man as perfect, in a perfect world, and yet man chose to disobey Him and sin against Him. Although man chose to sin against Him, God still loves mankind.

His love for man is so great that He made a way to redeem him and give him back the eternal initially intended for him. When a person can fully understand this great love, he will be filled with all of who God is.

Take a moment to realize how much God loves you. Think about how many times you have sinned against God.

Now realize that for every time you sinned against Him, you deserved eternal punishment and death. Yet, God did not destroy you, but made a way for you to be forgiven and given eternal life. And not only does God love you this way, He also loves everyone else this same way.

When you begin to realize a small portion of this great and endless love of God, you will be filled with who God is. Your life will be transformed by His great love for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love for you and this world; that you will be filled with God’s love; that you will be changed by God’s love; and that you will be filled with all of whom God is.