1 Corinthians 13:3
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Welcome to day#3 of, LOVE FEAST. How sweet it is to grow and develop in the love of God. Participating in this LOVE FEAST should increase your awareness of the love of God in your heart throughout the day. Because of your saturation and meditation in the Word of God, on the subject of love you should begin to notice a change in your inward and outward attitudes and behaviors. You will begin to notice a more God focused mentality and way of living. No more me, myself and I, living a life of self-focus, which promotes stagnation and spiritual growth retardation. Love promotes spiritual activity which produces abundant life. Where ever love goes healing, peace, deliverance, strength, joy, direction, power, etc.…………………… grows and flows!
Now in verse 3 of our studies today, Paul drives in the nail of revelation further as he paints a picture of the unprofitable works of man-made love. The works described in this verse are almost breath taking and seemingly filled with compassion. However, according to Paul these heroic deeds can be done without love being anywhere in sight. To give not just some of my goods but all my goods to fed the poor would require a person being full of love……………..one would think. The truth be told, people do things for different reasons and all of those reasons are not always to glorify God. When something is rooted, grounded and founded in the Love of God it will always glorify God, always. It is hard to imagine people giving there last for selfish purposes but they do. It is hard to imagine someone giving their body to be burned for selfish purposes but they do. A heart that is not controlled by love is generally motivated and influenced by this world which is corrupt and self centered. People do weird things to receive honor and acceptance from each other. Jesus said in John 5:41-44:
I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:3 that to do all these seemingly good works without love will be of no profit.
• An advantage or benefit derived from an activity.
There is absolutely no advantage or benefit for me in doing anything outside of love. It is empty labor. People may praise you but God sees not as man sees God looks on the heart. Faith pleases God and faith works by love. No love+ no faith= no pleasing God. Know love + know faith= know pleasing God. Our life’s focus should be to please God. Love influences us to always put God first, He is our High Priority!
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (John 8:36)