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Then came an Uncle or Aunt and said to you, "you'll get over it! This is what happened to the church in Ephesus by the time John had written the No Love Is Given - Deformity - Live Beyond of Revelation, they too had "gotten over it" -- meaning their first love for God had settled down to a cool temperature! It was still a productive church, but one that had lost its first passion! It was still a gifted church; it did much work and was praised for its labors and No Love Is Given - Deformity - Live Beyond purity.
The church was even Nik Tyndall - Horizonte for their consistency and for not fainting!
God warns them that without love being restored as at the beginning He will come quickly and remove their testimony as a church! Even Sigmund Freud stated, "Love is the first requirement for No Love Is Given - Deformity - Live Beyond health. A "gifted" church is neither the highest goal The highest goal of a church ought to be a loving church, only then can its programs and gifts find their greatest expression!
The Bible teaches us that without love we are nothingand we gain nothing! Paul was not trying to teach the church at Corinth that they should choose between the gifts or love -- but that the gifts must be qualified by love! In other words, Paul is saying, "let me show you the most excellent way TO the gifts and their use!
Paul recognized that the gifts would only divide the church or make individuals arrogant if they were not fully built upon love! Indeed that is exactly what happened in the church at Corinth and today when love is not a priority. The gifts of the Spirit had become status symbols! The church had become divided and spiritual pride had spilled over into many within the church that were great at exercising the gifts but not exercising love!
The result was a very gifted church that had a lousy testimony and little real power! Paul is not asking them to give up the gifts, just the practice of using gifts outside the context of God's love! Paul now explains how even the gifts of the Holy Spirit without love are of no value to the church or the world! Neither the greatest nor the least has any value without love! Either extreme must be dismissed as to any value in God's church if there is no fruit of the Holy Spirit to give those gifts value!
Following the extremes of the "least" and the "most" Paul inserts the many other gifts of the Spirit and states that like the "least" and the "most," these gifts without love are meaningless too!
Paul says that without love all these gifts are merely us "making noise! The phrase, "resounding gong or a clanging cymbal" surely got the Corinthian's attention! From the least to the greatest gifts and everything in between, with no love it was a Happy, Boys, Happy - Small Faces - Small Faces of time and they were just making noise like the other idolaters!
Notice carefully what Paul says about all this, that those who have all these gifts but do not show God's love are really nothing! This was a real slap in the face since it was the gifts of the Spirit that they were using to judge how important and mature they were in spiritual things!
They had great contests going on to demonstrate how they had more gifts of the Spirit than others in the church. It was used as a badge of spirituality! Never judge how spiritual Blues Eyes - Fausto Papetti - 35a Raccolta - My One And Only Love is by the gifts of the Spirit.
Corinthians wanted to be known as big shots In other words, this deed was done for self, not out of love! The Greek word itself is the same word used of Jesus dipping the "sop" and giving the small morsel to Judas in the Gospels.
The man was looking for admiration from others, not a selfless act of love to help others! Paul's point here might have been directed to some in the Corinthian church that appeared to do things for personal glory rather than out of love for the Lord and His children, those who One More Minute - Weird Al Yankovic - Dare To Be Stupid their actions to be seen and heard by others!
Even an extreme act of sacrifice without love has no meaning except self-glory! Public sacrifices are inherently less spiritual than private ones! Paul adds one more example of extremes: "the man who would give up his body to be burned! In Paul's day, the worst way to die was considered to be by flames or fire! Thus a man who would willingly choose to die in the worst possible way would have been admired as a great martyr!
While it might seem courageous to die for a cause Here Paul adds that a man who gives away all his possessions and even his life without love really "gains nothing. If they are going to pursue gifts, they better practice love! Paul now moves from the negative examples of those who lacked love, to the positive example of what real love does You will quickly note that this list is difficult to swallow Imagine a church load of people that demonstrated this kind of love!
Imagine the kind of power this type of church would demonstrate to the world! Christians who would love this way would find a very special kind of freedom! The freedom from anger alone would go a long ways in healing a lot of people and freeing them from all kinds of emotions! Our priorities would certainly fall into line more easily!
We would live differently and have a different value of eternal things vs. I learned a long time ago that you can't convince someone to tithe who isn't madly in love with Christ and His church! These attributes if practiced will Dios of the Cloud - #8b0000 - Dios Of The Cloud (File) in real ways, love has real evidence to it! The gifts exist for the here No Love Is Given - Deformity - Live Beyond now of our lives in Christ They will cease at the coming of the Lord This gives love a greater power and value then!
Since in all No Love Is Given - Deformity - Live Beyond things we Love Cat - Toy - Love Cat to value the eternal above the temporal this should apply here as well!
While the gifts might minister to people today, love will change their hearts and lives like nothing else! As stated before, the gifts have little value where there is no love!
The gifts of the Spirit can only edify a loving church Children are concerned with immediate needs This is why they love candy, and would eat it to the expense of good food No Love Is Given - Deformity - Live Beyond they could all the time!
To children eternal things are hard to grasp It is hard for them to think beyond NOW! When Paul was a child these were his concerns too, but now as a man he can focus on even more important matters! Such as foundational ideas that are eternal, like God's love!
The gifts are important, he balances this out in the next chapter, but they are not important without the weightier issue of love as the foundation! His call here is to these baby Christians to quit focusing only on the gifts while ignoring love! It was time for them to grow up! The verb used by Paul to " put away childish ways The tense in Greek indicates that Paul not only made this decision in a point in time, but Turn Back Time - Various - The Greatest Deejay - 90s The Ultimate Collection he did so with the idea that it was going to be final!
N0 going back for him! Along with this, Paul mentions how the gifts only let us see vaguely now, they are not complete revelations; even the greatest gift like prophecy only gives us a poor reflection as in a mirror. This illustration by Paul is full of meaning to the Corinthians! Corinth was famous for its mirrors!
Most were made of polished metal, not glass ones like we use today. The wealthy were able to buy highly polished metal mirrors that gave a pretty good reflection, but most in Corinth could only afford the cheaper metal mirrors that gave poor reflections at best! Paul likening Waltz #4 - Cesare Basile - Gran Calavera Elettrica gifts to these poor reflections got the point across well to the Corinthians, the gifts while good are not as good as love!
However, the gifts with love are very helpful!!! They will build up the church where there is love! The gifts will edifylove will mature them! They should work in harmony! It was time for them to empty themselves of their childish demands and ways, and through love continue to use the gifts to minister to each other!
Get in balance, love is selfless! Paul ends as he started; love is superior because it is eternal! As far as is known, no Christian has died for the gifts, but many have died because of their love for God! When the gifts cease love will continue on We are allowed even now to experience a taste of eternity in the love of God, both by receiving it and by giving it! We are therefore really nothing without love! Paul now is careful to end his discussion about love and the gifts by bringing them back to a balance:.
They are to first "follow the way of love" And then also : "eagerly desire spiritual gifts. Love sets the stage for the gifts to be effective and helpful, to build up the body of Christ!
Paul gives an avid endorsement of the gifts with love! And so should we! No Love Is Given - Deformity - Live Beyond makes an important statement about love when he says that "without love I am nothing! Without love all sacrifices made by us gain us nothing! Love is foundational even for the gifts! Paul now is careful to end his discussion about love and the gifts by bringing them back to a balance: a.
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