I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have
become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have
the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and
if I have all faith, so as to remove
mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to
be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing." 1 Corinthians
Faith Works Through Love:
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision* nor uncircumcision means anything,
but faith working through love." Galatians 5:6
* Circumcision involves the cutting of flesh and was required for
all male Jews by the Law of Moses (see Galatians 3:17). This physical
circumcision was not required under the new covenant...the Law of Christ.
What Kind of Love?
The Greek word used here for love is "agape" -- pronounced ag-ah'-pay.
This is not a sexual love...or a brotherly love...or a friendship-type love.
Agape is a love that looks out for the best interests of others...a
self-sacrificing love. The text goes on to describe this love further:
is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek
its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with
bears all things, believes all things, hopes
all things, endures all things." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NAS)
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