We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Andrea Johnson.
1 Corinthians 13:3
“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.“
The litmus test was used initially to test acidity. Today, when we use this term, we refer to a test in which a single factor (such as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive. For example, the way we say things really hinges on the tone of our voice and the perceived attitude behind the words coming from our mouths. I have said this several times to my children “it’s not what you said; it’s the WAY you said it!” Correction of some sort usually follows.
Here in verse 3 of the “love chapter,” we find such a litmus test. Giving away everything to those in need is good; giving your body as a sacrifice can be good. However, the single factor that crucial is the attitude with which these good deeds are done.
If love is not the driving force, genuine love for the people, not just us checking off our good deed for the day. If there is no compassion nor sympathy behind these supposed good deeds, they will have no power and will not have a lasting impact! The Word of God encourages us to test our motives for every good deed. Are we satisfying our own pride, stroking our own ego, or are we acting as the light and the salt that God has called us to be on this earth so that He alone will get the glory?
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24. In Jesus’ name, amen.
We know how awesome it is to help and volunteer. The next time we find ourselves in these fantastic moments, use 1 Corinthians 13 and make sure that LOVE is the driving force behind it all.
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