March 24, 2009

Manna in the Morning

03-24-09

1 Corinthians 13:2, “If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

            The great Missionary apostle Paul wrote these words under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit describing the gifts of the Heavenly Father to those who are members of His family.  It is a vivid reminder we are to be humble, regardless of what gifts we have been given and to be sure the glory for the gift and its resulting blessings to others is given to our great God. 

Even if one had the gift of retelling the future, or the great gift of forth-telling, the gift of teaching and preaching to others of the wonderful gift of salvation, to even go into untouched areas of the world to tell others of the Promised One, Jesus, we are nothing without the love God has for the lost.  It might be possible for someone to understand the great mysteries of the future as God unfolds His plan for all people, or to have the knowledge that excels the abilities of others, to be able to teach the believers the deep truths of God’s inspired Word, but without love for those to be taught and help them understand the coming mysteries of the Word, we are less than nothing.

            We may have great faith, faith to reach unevangelized fields, to teach millions of people, to have an effect on lives that surpasses comprehension, faith that removes obstacles and our intercessory prayers to the Father uttered in great faith and assurance of His divine answer, if we lack the ability to love as Jesus did, we are and have nothing.

            Until we love the unloveable as our Heavenly Father does, have the compassion of Jesus for the lost souls, become grieved over rejection of the Biblical message as God the Holy Spirit is grieved, we have achieved nothing.  This day, as we face its challenges and meet those people God has determined as our field of service, We ask You, our Heavenly Father,  for the love we need with no regard for their status, clothes, manner of speech, cleanliness or its lack, always determined to meet them, teach them and allow our Savior to love them through us.  It is in the name of Jesus we ask this.

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