In this daily Bible reading Paul continues to speaks of spiritual gifts given to believers. He says they are important to the good health of the Church. However, if they are not used with love, they are worthless.
Paul described love as follows: “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act like unbecomingly. It does not seek its own, and is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the Truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” Paul further pointed out that the spiritual gifts will not endure forever. However, love will endure forever.
As our knowledge of God’s Truths increase, we must not become arrogant or prideful or feel superior to others. Rather, we have a responsibility to love others and to seek for their welfare, even at the expense of our own welfare. We must strive to put the interests of others before our own. This is not easy to do, but it is right and will yield much fruit.
God has enabled us to love others. The Bible says that believers receive the fruits of the Holy Spirit: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” The first of these gifts is love. The Bible says, “But now abide Faith, Hope, and Love, these three, but the greatest of these is Love.” God places great importance on Love. So should we.