“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness (spiritual maturity).” Colossians 3:14
***BEING ALL-knowing, or acting as if you are, is not the measure of your relationship with God. In fact, even if you were all-knowing, if you don’t have HIS love in your heart and manifesting in your life, you are lost, an abomination, and hell bound. Correct knowledge is very important and sound doctrine, and so is doing it (James 1:22). Sound doctrines teaches that without LOVE (the way God defines it), we are nothing and are not right with Him. “He that loveth not, knoweth not God.” (1 John 4:8) Could He have said it any clearer? Memorize this please. Share it in His love with other believers. it’s such a blessing to see God’s love in His people. This is the proof that we know Him (Jn. 13:34-35).
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, IF ye have LOVE one to another.” John 13:35
Search out this matter in God’s Word. Make it your priority. Learn it. Pray to Him for it. Be consumed in His love. Keep yourself in His love (Jude 21). Grow, increase in it (1 Thess. 4:9-10). Find every single verse in the Bible on this essential subject that is so very close to the heart of Him who “is love.” (1 John 4:16) Write the verses and their references on index cards so you can learn, memorize, meditate upon them, and do them. “Ask and ye shall receive” says our LORD (Matt. 7:7). Read the love chapter below and consider reading and drinking it in at least once weekly.
1 Corinthians 13
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
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