First Corinthians 13 is such an amazing chapter. Not only because of how beautifully it is written, but because of the point that it is making.
Notice what is mentioned in the first 3 verses: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
We can have all faith, take care of our neighbors to the best of our abilities, be willing even to die for God, but without love it is nothing! Let that sink in for a minute.
Too often we let the wrong things motivate us when it comes to our relationship with God. For some their motivation is guilt and fear. These motivators certainly can get us going in the right direction of growing as children of God, but it isn’t until that motivation becomes love that we will truly understand what it means to be a child of God. Some are motivated by a desire to be seen by others, or a feeling of pressure by others.
What motivates us? Are we rooted in the love of God? God loves you!