If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:2
How many of us have ever moved a mountain with our faith, or can say we understand everything about the Bible? Those seem like pretty amazing things.
And they are amazing things. It would be wonderful to have that kind of faith! Walk on water, move mountains, do all kinds of miracles. Imagine understanding all there is to know, comprehending the secrets of God and being able to reveal the great mysteries of life. But God says as incredible as all this would be, without love it doesn’t amount to anything.
Love is the one and only thing that shows we believe in Jesus. He says we will be known by our love. It’s what demonstrates that we have been changed and that we reflect His nature. Love is what God gives to us every moment. Love is what distinguishes us as children of God. Not astonishing deeds, not vast knowledge, nor even the ability to reveal God’s word and message to others. But love. For all the other things we might accomplish, without love we are nothing.