1 Corinthians 13 V3 Live Life~Love Life WK5

1 Corinthians 13 V3
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 have nothing.

Very interesting verse here, which really encourages us to think about what we are doing and to look at our motives when helping other people. There are people who enjoy giving and some do so with great showmanship, never resisting the urge to tell others about it, however this is not the way love operates. If your inspiration for helping others comes from a genuine sense of love you will do your best for others without expecting a reward. Very often the top earners in society make sure they give back, often quietly yet on other occasions by setting up trusts and charities.

I would question why somebody would be prepared to give up everything and go around boasting as I don’t see how they can gain anything from it. Maybe these people believe that by doing so they can earn a spot in heaven. Why would you give up everything and choose to live in hardship? It is a very unusual choice to make and sounds as if the person has been through some type of mentally challenge, possibly as the result of an on-going situation. If it were as a result of an instant response to a situation, that would be inspired by love or through pity.

Maybe you have made changes in your life through love with the intention of helping others as the result of a ‘calling.’ Where love is concerned we can make a difference and our sacrifice will benefit the people that God has intended. God has the power to transform people individually and communities as a whole, so sacrifice for love as the result of God’s direction is a must.

What happens next? If you have given up everything indiscriminately and by so doing take on a life of hardship, you will become reliant upon the generosity of others and your status changes from that of ‘joyful giver’ who is in a position to help others, to taking on the role of one of societies dependents. If you have given away everything through love then we are led to believe that we will be rewarded and possibly be blessed with more riches even in this life than we have ever known.

Jaz McKenzie

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