Utterly Worthless


In the first three verses of 1 Cor 13:1-3, Paul makes it clear that without love you are nothing. You can have the most biblical church and its worth nothing. You can embrace sound doctrine and defend it to the death and its worth nothing. You can be the most gifted person in town and its worth nothing. You can have the best missions program and its worth nothing. You can have the best outreach and its worth nothing. You can go to an abortion clinic, a rest home, and draw hundreds and even thousands and its worth nothing. You can evangelize and street preach and drive home your point and preach a true gospel, and its worth nothing.

We can think well of ourselves because of what we do, and these words in 1 Cor 13:1-3 are standing in the way to say, “wait a minute… but do you love?

Our Lord Jesus came for love – to make a father, a loving father; a worker, a loving worker; a church member a loving church member…

Here’s the problem: loving people and using people can look the same on the outside. Doing righteous things out of love, and doing them without love can look the same on the outside. Do you have love?

Here is the bottom line: ordinary love, is more important than extraordinary gifts. Giftedness without love is worthless. And, external gifts do not prove inward grace. Giftedness does not prove salvation. This is why Jonathan Edwards says good works are like a beautiful garment you put on that does not change you, but only alters your appearance.

But, love is more excellent.

Without love we are nothing.

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