September 22–LOVE or Nothing

It can be a wonderful thing to be brilliant and broadly gifted…and especially wonderful if you are gifted in a variety of areas such as science, math, languages, literature, music, art, philosophy, business, etc.

It can be a wonderful thing to serve other people sacrificially…through caring for the homeless or the helpless or the ill in all sorts of ways…through supporting ministries with your time, talent and tithes…by building homes, roads and bridges…by feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, visiting people in prison. 

All these intellectual gifts to be used, and all the activities to be done for the good of another can be wonderful things…or they can be Nothing…mean Nothing.

And now I will show you the most excellent way.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Anything of any real eternal value comes from LOVE…comes from authentic, God-given, God-caring LOVE.

Without God’s LOVE filling us, working through us (or in spite of us)…We are Nothing…Nothing has eternal value…Nothing is transformed.

Only LOVE is transforming; making circumstances and relationships matter—now and for all eternity. It’s either LOVE or Nothing…

May God, the God of LOVE, free each of us up—from our pride, our position, our perspective—so we may live and fully LOVE  as Jesus does! 

It really is either LOVE or Nothing!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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