Serving others without love gains nothing. Yet serving them with love gains everything. Serving other people without love is emptiness. But serving them with love is fullness. Love fulfills your ministry.
Having spiritual gifts is good. But using them with love is “the excellent way” (1 Cor. 12:31). Love should control the way we serve God and others in the Body of Christ. Let us use our spiritual gifts to build up others in the faith. But let us do so in a spirit of love. Consequently, our ministry will have an enduring quality. For love never fails to produce eternal results.
A class of little girls was learning to spell. They spelled a number of small words, such as “pig,” “cat,” “dog,” “cow,” and amused themselves by imitating the sounds that these animals make. Then little Mary was asked to spel,l “love.” She didn’t stop to give the letters, but ran and threw her arms around the teacher’s neck and kissed her on the cheek. “We spell ‘love’ that way at our house,” she said. (Illustrations of Bible Truths Copyright © 1995, 1998 by AMG International, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)
Love is best understood when you show it. It is not enough to say that you’re loving while serving or that you’re serving while loving. You serve with love by showing that love to others. And the love that you show is the love that is patient and kind, the love that rejoices with the truth, that bears all things, that believes all things, that hopes all things, and endures all things.
That kind of love will never fail.
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