Charity, Pt. 4

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.  And 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.  And 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. 

I Corinthians 13:1-3

The next thing we come to in this passage on charity is “…though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”  This part of the passage deals with having great faith.

Usually we think of faith as being the most important aspect of Christianity.  In order to please the Lord in any way, we must have faith.  We can’t do anything spiritually without it.  It is vital to our Christian lives.  But even if we have great faith, we still need charity.  We still need to have that Christ-like love for others.  Without charity, even faith has no value.

If even faith needs charity to have value, then we can surely see just how important it is.  Even if we have great faith and are a “great Christian”, we need to have Biblical charity.  Without it, Paul repeats the refrain “I am nothing.”  It’s hard to imagine that we could have great faith and still be classified as “nothing,” but that is the way the Bible puts it.  Do we have charity?  Do we love others with a Christ-like, sacrificial, giving love?  If we don’t, then even having all of the faith in the world isn’t going to help us!

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