Questioning Our Motives

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Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)
If
I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a
resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If
I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and
if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am
nothing.  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 gain nothing.
It’s the week of love.  Some of you have attended so many weddings
you could probably recite this verse.  (See! 
You can memorize scripture!)  Ironically, this isn’t about romantic love.  Paul is describing brotherly love, Christian love,
day-to-day love – love for the stranger and enemy.  With that in mind, take a second look.
It’s a pretty powerful list – eloquent
speaking, understanding and explaining God’s mysteries, accomplishing the
seemingly impossible, self-sacrificial giving. 
People with these gifts and faith are doing God’s work, right?  Aren’t they our role models?  Not necessarily.  They (and we!) miss the point unless they’re motivated
by love.
We feed the homeless and greet the
stranger.  We sponsor children and respond
to natural disasters.  We try to resolve
our differences peacefully and avoid gossip. 
Why?   That’s the question today.  What is your motivation?
What motivates you?  Let’s share!  To comment, click the title
at the top of this email then comment at the bottom of the blog.  If you’d
like to comment privately, you can email me at [email protected]

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