You Are Not Defined By Your Gifts Or Deeds (because Love is Who You Are!)

The translation of I Corinthians 13 below is one my favorites.

When you come to “love is” while reading I Corinthians 13, insert “Jesus is.” Then read I Corinthians 13 again and say “Jesus in me is.” On your own and by yourself you can’t love the way I Corinthians describes love because it’s God’s kind of love. Chapter 13 is not about human love but “agape” – God’s kind of love.

“Speaking in tongues is not the point; love is. It is neither angelic eloquence nor the mastery of human language that persuades.

It doesn’t matter how poetic, prophetic or profound I may sound; my conversation is reduced to the hollow noise of clanging brass cymbals if love’s echo is absent.

I could predict the future in detail and have a word of knowledge for everyone. I could possess amazing faith and prove it by moving mountains! It doesn’t make me any more important than anyone else. Love is who you are! You are not defined by your gifts or deeds.

Love is not about defending a point of view; even if I am prepared to give away everything I have and die a martyr’s death; love does not have to prove itself by acts of supreme devotion or self-sacrifice.

Love is large in being passionate about life and relentlessly patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others with kindness. Love is completely content and strives for nothing. Love has no desire to make others feel inferior and has not need to sing its own praises.

Love is predictable and does not behave out of character. Love is not ambitious. Love is not spiteful and gets no mileage out of another’s mistakes; it hears no record of wrongs!

Love sees no jot in injustice. Love’s delight is in everything that truth celebrates.

Love is a fortress where everyone feels protected rather then exposed! Love’s persuasion is persistent! Love believes. Love never loses hope and always remains constant in contradiction.

Love never loses its altitude! Prophecies will cease. Tongues will pause. The quest for knowledge will be inappropriate when perfection is grasped. What we perceived in prophetic glimpses is now concluded in completeness!”

Love defines who you are now
because it’s no longer you who live but

Christ who lives in you!

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