March 27, 2020

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13.1-3
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

  • Many of us probably associate this passage with weddings. However, Paul is writing about the ancient faith community. He is teaching us that many things can motivate us in our relationships with one another, but the only source of motivation that matters is love. Have you ever done something and realized afterward that you had done it for the wrong reason? It can be a terrible feeling. I wonder if you’re feeling motivated these days. If so, what are you excited to be doing, and why? Is there love at the center of it? Is that love evident to others so that they might share that love, too? Maybe you’re feeling a little unmotivated these days; a change in routine can do that. How might the idea that love is at the center of your motivation reorient you to a life well lived? Remember, you have something to offer someone: the love you know in Christ Jesus.

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