Seek First Love

1 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 if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

The Holy Spirit manifests His presence in two main ways: fruit and gifts. Jesus says in Matthew 7:15-20 that we will know the difference between sheep (Christians) and wolves in sheep’s clothing (non-Christians) by their fruit. So, the Holy Spirit displays His presence by the fruit we bear. Now, out of the Fruit of the Spirit, there is one fruit that we must all have: love.

Paul explains you can have all of the gifts in the world, but they are nothing unless you have love, the most important thing of all. Many of us desire the gifts of the Spirit, as we should, but we lack one thing: love.

Smith Wigglesworth was a man of God who saw miracles happen. He himself performed many miracles in the name of Jesus. He even resurrected his wife when she died. Even though he saw miracle after miracle, his main goal, his main objective wasn’t to heal as many people as possible or to perform as many miracles as possible. Smith Wigglesworth’s main objective was to save as many souls as possible. He wanted to win as many people to Christ as he could through his testimony and sharing the Gospel; he was a true evangelist at heart. Why? Because he understood that miracles and healings were amazing gifts, but the heart of the Father is love. His desire is that none should perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

We should all seek miracles, healing, signs, and wonders, but in order to truly have those things, we first need love. Not just any love either, but the love of God. We need to love the world the way God loves the world, not the things of the world, but the souls. When soul-winning (building the Kingdom of God) becomes our main focus, the rest will begin to fall into place.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Seek First Love.

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