The Real Gospel – Part 33
We need to understand that our gifts and talents are not for our benefit only. God empowers us to meet the needs that are around us.
First Corinthians 12 vs 4-7 say, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve the same Lord, and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do. THE SPIRIT HAS GIVEN EACH OF US A SPECIAL WAY OF SERVING OTHERS.
In First Corinthians 12 v 31, Paul said, “I want you to desire the best gifts. So I will show you A MUCH BETTER WAY. It is important to note that HE DIDN’T SAY “I will show you a much better gift.”
In this passage Paul was not saying LOVE IS A BETTER GIFT, he was saying GIFTS WORK BY LOVE! This is clearly seen as one continues to read the verses that follow this passage.
First Corinthians 13 vs 1-3 say, “What if I could speak all languages of humans and even of angels? IF I DID NOT LOVE OTHERS, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. What if I could prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, UNLESS I LOVED OTHERS. What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, UNLESS I LOVED OTHERS.”
THEREFORE, WHATEVER WE DO FOR GOD SHOULD BE DONE OUT OF LOVE, NOT BECAUSE WE FEEL COMPELLED BY HIM OR BY OTHERS (2 Corinthians 9 vs 6-7).
Going back to our study of the book of Romans, Romans 12 vs 9-10 say, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
Love is our commandment. In John 13 v 34 Jesus said, “So now I am giving you a NEW COMMANDMENT: Love each other. JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, you should love each other.”
WHEN WE LOVE OTHERS WE CANNOT HURT THEM BECAUSE:
“Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Romans 12 vs 11-13, “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE ARE IN NEED, BE READY TO HELP THEM. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
Christian charity isn’t limited to helping only our brothers and sisters in the Lord, but there is a special care that we are supposed to show toward fellow believers, as verse 13 describes.
Within the early Church it was a qualification for elders that they had to be given to hospitality (1 Timothy 3 v 2 and Titus 1 v 8). Many have entertained angels without knowing it as they gave hospitality. All of us were commanded to be hospitable to each other (1 Peter 4:9).
First John 4:19 says, “We love each other (and we love God) because he loved us first.” RECEIVING GOD’S LOVE FOR US IS THE FIRST STEP TO LOVING OTHERS. (Brackets are mine)
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!