by Pastor Mark Jordan
“If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2, NIV)
Have you ever heard the Theodore Roosevelt saying that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care? So true, isn’t it? When we think of ways we love our neighbors, this is an important concept to grasp.
When the Apostle Paul wrote about love, he included a knowledge and faith component that goes perfectly with that old saying. Living a life of love means putting into action the things you know to be right and true. Many of us feel compassion, but loving your neighbor means putting that compassion into action. The consequence of not doing so means that everything you know and believe is nothing if it isn’t steeped in God.
James 4:18 is a convicting verse when it comes down to loving God with all we have and are, and loving our neighbor as we love self; check it out, “As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil” (MSG). James tells us that it is a sin to know the good we ought to do, yet don’t do it…*gulp*… Whether it’s procrastination or laziness, we must put what we know to be right into action for the sake of love. After all, no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know you love me and want me to love others. Forgive me the many times I have not allowed my knowledge to translate into action. Help me to love others with knowledge and faith in the example of Jesus. I ask this in his holy name. Amen.