Love

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;a but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8Prophecy and speaking in unknown languagesb and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.c All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Service

There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.
1 Corinthians 12:5

This marks a change of season for me. The last few days were about maturing… listening to God, and being obedient. Being silent through transition yet expecting to move from the place of difficulty or pain, to that of abundance!

This verse reminds me of the fact that it is not necessarily what we do, if our hearts are in the right place. If our hearts are after God, then we will choose what He has for us. We will consistently choose Him! And we must train ourselves in this, to be obedient, and to choose well!

The PerspectiVerse comes from a chapter discussing spiritual gifts. These verses are so important in regards to these things. Check it Out!!

1Now, dear brothers and sisters,a regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

4There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

7A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise adviceb; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.c

And so on it goes…

This makes me think of all the aspects of the Holy Spirit…of God. We cannot know everything there is to know about God … but we get glimpses…here and there, through other people who are made in the image of God.(Genesis 9:6).

The key here, in my opinion, is to be aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing, and not to worry so much about HOW God is moving, but rather, to be aware of WHAT He is getting across. Each gift has a different purpose and is used as a different tool to paint the picture that He wants us to see. Let us have open ears to hear, and eyes to see (Luke 14:35) – this verse actually speaks of flavorless salt being useless, in the NLT version. Let us be full of flavor, and purpose, and understanding. Amen!

It's in His awe-inspiring hands.

16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22reject every kind of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (NIV)

God wins.

Every day we have a choice, a semblance of choices. We can choose God’s will or our own. Not choosing God’s way, can be a sense of duty … another’s opinion … our own selfish desires. Whatever we choose sets the tone and trajectory for life continuing.

We can choose His way, consistently and reach our destination quickly and with ease. Or we can waver and be confused, and not really seem to ever go anywhere. Lastly, we can rebel, and run in any direction except God’s will. When we do this, sometimes God comes after us and we get aligned … and sometimes the rebellion is strong that it leads to death.

Always, always choose what is right. Choose to do what is best in His eyes. As I learned as a young child….God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. He is everywhere, knows everything and is all-powerful. It’s kind of irrational to go any way, except His way! 😉

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

Some verses about God’s will for us : Bible Hub #beencouraged!