Having it All—Having Nothing
By Devi Titus
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I AM NOTHING.” 1 Cor. 13:1-2
How do we miss such an obvious truth? I’ve been observing a current movement of what is being called “the prophetic.” Self or publicly proclaimed prophets are giving others “words from God,” as if we cannot hear from God ourselves. They have “powers” to understand mysteries no different than in A.D. 55, when Paul wrote to the Corinthian church. Apparently, when Paul was dropping a plumb line of principles regarding our spiritual pursuits and our character, in their culture at that time, people had the same vulnerability that we deal with today. It is easier to function in perceived powers than it is to live in love.
Love is the greatest power of all; greater than any miraculous manifestation. Love is eternal. It has no end. GOD IS LOVE and when one really loves, they release the power of God to do miraculous works in a human heart.
God trusted husbands with an ability to love their wives in the same way He loves his church (Eph. 5:25). This love is redemptive, healing, forgiving, and restoring.
Love is a penetrating force of God into a human soul that gives significance, stability, and security.
Focus on the power of being nice, waiting until others catch up, holding your tongue and not saying everything you think. How about letting someone else be right? Stop being cranky and resending negative thoughts about others over and over in your mind. Be excited when someone else succeeds and rave to them for doing good. Carry your own weight; Keep believing, hoping and never give up.
This is the real way to live: love’s way. It’s greater than any performance of the miraculous that is displayed in a gathering place. Love is the real miracle.
By the way, I believe in speaking in tongues, prophesying, and signs and wonders; but maybe not the way that some do. All of these manifestations are part of my real everyday life (not just in public), and they do not replace LOVE. Love is first and foremost. It is possible to have it all.
I leave you with an incredible quote by my husband, below. It's worth sharing on your social media channels.