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LOVE MEANS SERVING Steven C. Kanouse

If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2 (NRSV)
 
In this passage, the apostle Paul is speaking to a church that does not know the gift of love in God but is filled with the talent with which God blesses us.
 
Love is a physical act for most people today. Our economy sells its merchandise preying on this concept of love. But it takes little deep thought to realize its superficiality–most people are not fooled for long.
No, love is much more. We can be the most talented people that God has made, filled with the gifts of apostles, prophets, and teachers; but if we so not use these gifts to serve those who are hungry, dying, cold thirsty, orphaned, or in need in other ways–in short, if we do not love–all those gifts are for nothing. Love means serving.
 
Prayer:
 
O Lord, you are the God of the cross, and you have shown such love as we have never seen. Fill our hearts that we may follow in your foot steps of giving, through your Son. Amen