1 Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
If I have not love…I am nothing.
As far as God is concerned, love is the bottom line. Nothing counts without it. Without love, the gifts of the Spirit don’t amount to anything. Without love, your faith won’t work. Without love, your giving doesn’t count.
In short, you and I can’t go anywhere spiritually until we get our love life straight. When you think about how important love actually is, it’s amazing we haven’t emphasized it more. After all, love is our only law. God didn’t give us a long list of rules to memorize. We don’t even have ten commandments like the Israelites did. Jesus said, “This is my [one!] commandment. That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
How do we keep that one commandment? By doing one, wonderfully simple thing. We do it by staying in contact with Jesus! We do it by fellowshipping with Him and obeying Him. The more intimately we know and walk with Him, the more His love will flow through us. And the more we walk in love the more intimate our fellowship with Him becomes. It’s a glorious cycle that continually lifts us higher.
Few people have captured this precious truth better than Rufus Moseley, a great man of God who passed over many years ago. The Lord spoke these words to him. Go in love and I shall always be with you. As Brother Moseley mediated on these words, he wrote:
The master key of the kingdom of heaven, of abiding union with Jesus had been given me. “Go in love and I shall always be with you…. Your only responsibility is the responsibility of being in union with Me…. “Life in Jesus is gloriously easy and has but one responsibility, the responsibility of remaining in that union [with Him].