Today’s apple slice comes from 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 in The Message version.
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
I was first introduced to this version by For King and Country’s song “The Proof of Your Love.” I immediately fell in love with the beautiful phrasing of this passage (of course, the gorgeous Australian accent was plus as well).
The essence of 1 Corinthians 13 is the call to love and how important it is that we exercise love in our daily interactions with others. Without love, all of our best efforts to live a purposeful life have gone to waste. Even if we give our very lives, without love, it is all done in vain.
I don’t know about you, but often I wonder, “What does love, genuine love, look like?” There’s a line in the song that says, “Love is sacrifice.” What do we truly know of sacrifice? Often when I hear the word “love,” I associate it with warm images in my mind. I see a couple holding hands as they walk in the snow. I see parents playing with their kids at the beach. I see nice things. I don’ think of love as sacrifice. But it truly is. When you love someone or something, you sacrifice for them. You sacrifice time; your own hectic life can be put on hold for what and who you love. You sacrifice what you want; your own personal preferences don’t bear as much weight.
So how are you going to sacrifice for what and who love today? Go out of your way to love. That’s the only way this life is going to matter in the end.