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The Main Thing

February 11, 2021 Lonnie Wibberding
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Feb 11, 2021
Lonnie Wibberding

A short devotional on 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Want to talk? Send an email to [email protected]

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A short devotional on 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Want to talk? Send an email to [email protected]

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Healthy religion is about relationships and how to make the relationships in our lives the best they can be. Both our relationships with other people, and our relationship with God.

If we distilled good religion down to one thing that's what it would be.

Even the Ten Commandments, which some people think are restrictive, are all about relationships. If I don't steal from my neighbor or sleep with his wife, our relationship will be better -- a lot better.

And at the center of relationships is this care and affection for each other. It's a thing we call love.

In fact the Bible, in 1 John 4 says "God is love." It's the core of who He is, and what makes the universe work.

Reminding us of this core value of God,

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says:

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

When we lose this focus, that it's all about great relationships with people and a great relationship with God, religion becomes a sick, hollow belief system that is not doing anyone much good.

But when we keep love at the core, it's an amazing thing.

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow