1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NLT)
1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
In the original writing of this Scripture, Paul uses the Greek word for love, “agapē,” pronounced ä-gäp΄-ā. Agapē love is the deepest, most sincere kind of love. It transcends the kind of love that is shared between a husband and wife, between a parent and child, between family members and friends. Agapē love is all-accepting. It is all-forgiving. It is never-ending. Agapē love knows no boundaries, no biases, no limitations. Agapē love is the love God shows us and the love Jesus has commanded us to show one another.
Now here’s what I like about the word “agapē.” It looks a lot like our English word, “agape,” which basically describes being in a state of amazement or wonder—standing there stunned, with your mouth hanging open. When people experience true agapē, they end up standing there agape!
How can you reach out to people…how can you serve them…how can you love them in such a way that they end up standing there with their mouths open? Paul says this is the way we are to love others. He says that without this, we basically have nothing.
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