Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Philanthropy and Martyrdom

1 Corinthians 13:3 (ESV) : If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Some of D. A. Carson's theological exposition from Showing the Spirit where he expounds on what Paul is saying:

My deeds of philanthropy and my resolute determination to remain loyal to the truth even in the face of martyrdom cannot in themselves attest my high spiritual position or the superiority of my experiences with the Holy Spirit. In all of this, if there is no love, I gain nothing. (p60)

I value loyalty. I thrive on the thought of it and I believe it is Godly character and can often be interchanged with the word faithful. That being said, I need to remind myself, without love it amounts to nothing!

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