This last Sunday we sang a song called “The Proof of Your Love” by For King and Country and it has quickly become part of my daily prayers. The song echoes the writings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."
One thing that sticks out to me is the word “have”, to have is to possess, to hold, even to cherish something. You see, we can be loved but not love, we can “have” everything this world has to offer; money, fame, but what purpose does any of it serve if we ourselves don’t have love within us? Even more, what point if any of it if love is coming out of us?
I am reminded of the words of Jesus when He said:
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
I have always loved this verse, always thought “Wow, how much must someone love me to be willing to die for me?”. But that isn’t what Jesus is saying here, Jesus is speaking to us, Jesus is saying “YOU can have no greater love than to be willing to die for YOUR friends.”. That is a totally different mind set, that is what it means to “have” love.
Let’s make this our prayer each day, that we would love as Jesus loved, that we would echo these words from our hearts: