If it's not with love, it's worth nothing
SUMMARY: The speaker introduces himself as a gringo Christian and talks about the importance of love in the Christian life. He reads from 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, which states that even if someone has great spiritual gifts or does good deeds, if they do not have love, it is worth nothing. The speaker emphasizes that at the judgment seat of Christ, our works will be judged based on the motivation of our hearts. He identifies three groups that Christians are commanded to love: fellow believers, enemies, and the lost. He shares a personal story of struggling to forgive a fellow Christian who had slandered him, but eventually forgave her in a life-threatening situation. He also talks about the importance of being shaped by God through difficult experiences and relationships.
The speaker talks about the importance of loving others, including believers, non-believers, and even enemies. It is not easy to love, especially when we risk rejection or being taken advantage of, but we can love because we are loved by God. The speaker shares a story about forgiveness and love overcoming hatred and violence in Peru. The ultimate goal is to reflect Christ's love and fragrance wherever we go, and to be perfect in love as God is perfect.
The speaker discusses how God loves us and how this love allows us to take risks in loving others. He uses the metaphor of being sculpted, rooted, cemented, and sealed in God's love to illustrate this point. The audience is encouraged to embrace their position in God and love others without fear.
Well, uh, they told me to introduce myself and I always define myself as a gringo graft on the Colombian branch of the vineyard of Jesus Christ and fortunately single for Jesus. Thank Mr. And we are going to open the floor this morning, or this afternoon, in a scripture to enter into a very simple subject and at the same time what I consider to be the greatest challenge in our lives as Christians. Please come with me to First Corinthians 13 and we are going to read verses 1 to 3.
The word says “... if I speak the tongues of men and angels and have no love, I am like resounding brass or tinkling cymbal. And if I had prophecy and understood all mysteries and all science, and if I had all faith in such a way that it moved mountains and I have no love, I am nothing. And if I distributed all my goods to feed the poor, and if I gave my body to be burned and I have no love, it is of no use to me.