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Love -- As Found in First Corinthians 13 (2 of 3)
Jesse M. Hendley
First Corinthians 13
We pass now to the achievements of love. He says, "If I bestow all my goods to feed the poor . . . " Surely that is a wonderful thing. There are many people today who think in terms of giving to the needy. They think that religion is summed up in that one thing, that a person will be saved if they give to the poor. Some people think that if they give all they have, sold their possessions and turned them into money, and then gave it to feed the poor so that they left themselves poverty stricken, that would be the greatest thing. Paul said, "If I do that, and have not LOVE, it is nothing." A man could give his whole fortune, everything that he has, he still would be ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Borden of Yale did that. There is a biography of him that will be a rich blessing to your heart. Borden was a young man who became heir of a great fortune, and he devoted his fortune to the work of the Lord: He made himself poor in order to help others. But Borden did it in LOVE! One great gift he gave was to the Moody Bible Institute in its early days. A man may richly give, but if it isn't in LOVE to God and LOVE to fellow-men, with a spiritual love interested in the SOULS of people, it is nothing.
Give Body To Be Burned
Then Paul said, "If I make the supreme sacrifice, give my body to be burned . . . " Surely that is the supreme sacrifice! "If I give my body." Your body is a very precious thing to you. Your physical life. Christ gave Himself for us at the cross; Christians are to give their bodies back to Christ, that He might operate in and through our bodies. We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice, wholly and acceptable unto the Lord. We are to do it IN LOVE. Paul said, "If I give my body to be burned, apart from love to God and others, it means nothing at all."
Back in the early days of Christianity, Christians were often persecuted. They underwent martyrdom for th ...
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