“If anyone has no love”
We read three days ago in 1 Corinthians 13 that faith, hope and love are the three things that last, that abide. These are the foundation attitudes today in the lives of genuine follows of Christ. Everything else is built on this foundation. But in the end hope will be realized, faith fulfilled and turned to sight. But love will be the principle for living that will last for ever! And now today, we read in the final verses of this letter that Paul, after stating,
“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand,”
“If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!” (verses 21,22).
Think deeply about that, love is an active principle, it is far more than words – how are you and I showing our love for our Lord? For many in our world today, it is largely a casually used word of no special significance!
‘I love doing this – or – eating that!’
May that not be so among genuine believers whose thoughts and meditations are inspired by their daily reading of God’s word. We will see in Paul’s second letter his dedication toward the believers in Corinth, imagine the earnestness in his mind as he then wrote,
“I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?” (12:15).
In his first letter to Timothy Paul said,
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1:5).
Three things that are the springboards for genuine love. What a struggle to achieve that today! No doubt it was difficult in those days!
And what about Peter? He was probably in Jerusalem as the Roman armies closed in (there is no evidence he was ever in Rome). He wrote,
“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:7,8).
The “end of all things” seems increasingly close at hand for us – therefore let us particularly heed these words of Peter.
Back in today’s chapter – let’s memorise the powerful points Paul makes,
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” because “if anyone has no love …” (verses 13,14).
To be continued: Extra Bible verses memorisation: Doing everything in love