Love Deficiency

"If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge: and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 
I Corinthians 13:2 NASB

There were three young men that were in competition as they went through a graduate seminary. Each was an honor student-focused upon winning the highest cum lade.

The student who ended up with the lowest honors degree, a cum laude, was bothered for the rest of his life that the other two students earned a higher honor, the magna cum laude. Toward the end of his life, many years later, he still tried to downgrade his seminary competitors lives when talking to others about them. 
All three went on to serve in equally important ministries. One served as a missionary to Japan and then as a seminary professor. The second served as a college professor and then as the director of a hospital's psychological services. The final servant served as a college teacher and the went on to be the president of that college. Yet, being third in seminary still bothered him. 

This true story illustrates how the earning of honors, or knowledge, can become too important and pollute friendships. We must have humble hearts that consider others:"more important than yourself" (Phil. 2:3). Pride is like grasping a handful of bitter sand.

We should remember: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, oh God, You will not despise." (Ps. 52:17) A humbled and loving heart means more to our Lord than any honor we can earn or service or gift we can bring to Him.

A person who opens their heart to God's Holy Spirit finds a type of love that will keep Almighty God from considering them "nothing". Without this type of love, God considers people to be living as they were originally created, animated dirt.

"Dear Father, by Your Holy Spirit, help us to be what we aren't by nature, divinely spiritually motivated." "Thank You, In Your Son's name, Amen. 

Dr. Bob, AZ