Bankrupt without love

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. (I Corinthians 13 The Message)

…unless we be animated to these sufferings by a principle of true devotion to God, and sincere love to his church and people, and good-will to mankind. The outward carriage may be plausible, when the invisible principle is very bad.  Matthew Henry’s Commentary

We are bankrupt without love.  Bankrupt is defined as “declared in law unable to pay outstanding debts”.  God’s Word reminds us that “God IS love” (I John 4:8).  We are unable to pay our debts so Jesus came to pay the price of our debts through His love in a manger, death on a cross, and Resurrection from the tomb.

As we begin this Advent season on December 1, let’s put down all ceasing and striving and rest in God’s love for us.  We truly are bankrupt without Him, and His love will bring purpose, meaning, and direction.

Lord, may Your love be my sole purpose to fill my heart and mind during this busy season.  Lord, bring us back to love.  Help us to truly believe that “the greatest of these is love”.


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