JULY 6 FAITH WITHOUT LOVE IS NOTHING

1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13 “And though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing” (1 Cor. 13:2). Faith is a powerful force. Faith is our victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). All things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). However, faith is not the greatest distinguishing characteristic of a Christian—love is (1 Cor. 13:13). If we develop our faith to the point that we can move mountains but don’t do it motivated by God’s kind of love, we are nothing. A gun can be a beneficial thing, but it depends on how it’s used. Putting a weapon like a gun in the hands of a child is irresponsible. There needs to be maturity and character in the person using it, or the results can be disastrous. Likewise, faith is dangerous. Misused faith can kill us, or others. Many people have died over arguments of faith. Wars have been fought and terrible atrocities were done in the name of faith. God’s kind of faith is always tempered with agape love. Galatians 5:6 says that faith works by love. If godly love isn’t present, then it’s not true biblical faith. False faith leads to spiritual pride, which in turn is the ONLY source of contention (Prov. 13:10). We must never let our faith become a club to beat others with. Godly faith is for the purpose of experiencing His love and making that love known to others. Give yourself a checkup from the neck up, and make sure the motive behind your faith is God’s kind of love. God’s kind of love gives birth to God’s kind of faith.

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