Spread Your Love Around - HomeWord - June 13, 2016

 Spread Your Love Around
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. —1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Sometimes I feel like I can't do much to serve God or help my family and friends. But, about the time I feel helpless, God reminds me that the greatest gift I can give to other people is me! People respond to love. People respond to you sharing your life with them. Today I want to offer you a beautiful thought about sharing.

There isn't much that I can do, but I can share my bread with you and sometimes share a sorrow, too - as on our way we go.

There isn't much that I can do, but I can sit an hour with you and I can share a joke with you and sometimes share reverses, too - as on our way we go.

There isn't much that I can do, but I can share my flowers with you and I can share my books with you and sometimes share your burdens, too - as on our way we go.

There isn't much that I can do, but I can share my songs with you and I can share my mirth with you and sometimes come and laugh with you - as on our way we go.

There isn't much that I can do, but I can share my hopes with you and I can share my fears with you and sometimes shed some tears with you - as on our way we go.

There isn't much that I can do, but I can share my friends with you and I can share my life with you and oftentimes share a prayer with you - as on our way we go.*

GOING DEEPER:

1. Underline the following two phrases in today’s verse: "I am nothing" and "I gain nothing." In God’s view how important is love?

2. Who can you share your life with today? What practical things can you do for them to let them know you care? You may start just by telling them that you love them!

FURTHER READING:

1 Corinthians 14:2, 1 Corinthians 12:9, Matthew 17:20


* Tim Hansel, You Gotta Keep Dancin’ (Elgin: David C. Cook, 1985), pp. 16-17.

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