“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and yet do not have love, I AM NOTHING. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and yet do not have love, WHAT I DO IS OF NO VALUE.” ~ I Corinthians 13:2-3
This particular set of verses has caused quite allot of consternation for the Christian who is told to live the very attributes God is now seemingly declaring as worthless: gift of prophecy, understanding all mysteries, all knowledge, all faith that can move mountains, feeding the poor and even laying down one’s life for another.
How many of us have done “gracious acts of service” to others but, deep down inside, grudgingly so? How many of us have performed “kind acts of mercy” toward another and yet, deep down inside, harbored resentment or distrust of the person receiving your “gift?”
God knows the heart and the motive behind every private or public act of kindness we perform – and, whether or not it is done so in vile hypocrisy.
Sadly, many a Christian has even laid their precious gifts at the altar of praise and fellowship while in church – all the while harboring gossip, condemnation toward other Christians – driven by a darkened spirit of self-righteousness. Perhaps we need to remember a warning God gave us through the penned words of King David:
“The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.” ~ Psalm 11:4