The Missing Ingredient
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
|1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV™)
|Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
|And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
|And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
Imagine having a simplified cake mix with only one requirement—"Just add water"—only to find that the city turned off your water supply! The simple instructions now become frustrating because you're missing only one ingredient: water. What water is to your recipe, love is to the Christian believer—without it you have only dust and crumbs! In this second message in our series on real love, we discover the preeminence of this ingredient.
God's love is the missing ingredient in many of our relationships. Many of them are merely perfunctory and unfortunately erode over time. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul paints a picture of what true love is and what it is not. Throughout the text, Paul shows us that true love has many facets and explains it in both positive and negative terms. He tells us our love for others is meant to be a mirror of Christ's love for us. This series looks at what true love really is, highlighting how we can learn to let love govern our personal relationships.
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