“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.“
It’s truly remarkable when you reflect on your achievements, but without genuine love, they fall short of God’s standard.
Understanding yourself involves recognising the potential for action without genuine love as the driving force. Our natural inclination tends to be self-centered, doing good things primarily to meet personal needs, even if those needs appear insignificant to others.
Whether it’s a desire for admiration or a need to feel wanted, people can generously sacrifice as long as their own needs are fulfilled. Our hearts can be deceptive and selfish. God explicitly states in His Word that many good deeds, without true love behind them, hold no meaning.
This realisation can be humbling. Self-examination may uncover that some of our good deeds still harbor selfish motives. The good news is that the continuous transformation through the blood of Christ is possible.
All we need to do is surrender ourselves to Him, have faith in the ongoing work within us, and follow His guidance. We all need that genuine love, and Jesus can help us if we ask.
Study: 1 Corinthians 13
Action: Seek the grace to act with genuine love.
God bless you.