Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “for King & Country – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And 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. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
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This is quite a significant song to us because of the mission behind it. The cry of the chorus is, ‘Let our lives be proof of Your [God’s] love.’ Each night when we stand a on stage and sing those words it’s a bit of an intense moment. Reason being is that these lyrics are such a proclamation and call to action that we’ve really got to check our motives. The truth is if we determine to be the proof of God’s love, He will renew and impact every area of our life. The verses of the song were inspired and born out of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, specifically chapter 13:1-3:
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
It’s interesting to note how Verse 4 often takes the cake for the most well-known portion of the ‘love’ chapter [love is patient, love is kind], but we’ve found these 3 prior verse to be particularly profound in how we are to live as believers. So at the start of our week together, let’s make a decision to stand up, stand out and be the proof!
I find this song and the verse it is based on to be so powerful. I must admit that the monologue in the song really adds to the meaning. Sometimes I just need to hear someone else read something to fully grasp the importance. What is faith without works? What is works without love? Old testament followers did not know or experience the age of grace that we live in today. They were unaware of Jesus except their knowledge that one day a savior would come. They actually expected Jesus to take over the world, but not in the way He did. Jesus dying on the cross has a much bigger and longer impact than freeing them from poverty and slavery.