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Love and Talents

May 31, 2017

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Love and Talents

According to God’s wisdom,  everybody has  different talents.     They are all good talents  and we need  to use our talents  to help others.     Along with our talents,  we have this  sin problem.     We get to comparing  our talents  with the talents  of others.

Then come the judgments  of egocentric minds.     We foolishly think  some talents  are “better”  than others.     That leads  to judging the “worth”  of people  according to the talents  God Almighty has given them.     It gets really messy  from there on in,  because we’re as wrong  as wrong  can be.

According to 1 Corinthians chapter 12,  Paul had to show the Corinthians  how they were all created  by God  to be dependent  on one another.     There is not one person  that is better  than another  because of the talents  they’ve been given.     We all  need each other.     Take away the talents  of the garbage man  and everyone suffers  big time.

The Corinthians were judging others  according to their gifts  of wisdom,  knowledge,  faith,  ability to heal  and do miracles,  prophecy,  speaking in tongues,  etc.     That’s no different  than today.     If someone gets good grades  in school,  they are held  in high esteem.     What an honor  for a gift  from God!     We should be honoring God,  not the person.

But,  if a poor person  with certain talents  willingly shares  all that he has  and helps  where ever a helping hand  is needed,  that person  is practically ignored  and not considered  a part  of the “in crowd”.

Paul saw  how Christians were not appreciating  each other  and even demeaning those  who they judged  as “unimportant”  in their community.     He had to say,  “Whoa!     Who are you  to judge God’s children?”     All  —  absolutely all  —  of their talents  were necessary  and they all needed  by everyone else.

So,  Paul showed them  in 1 Corinthians 13 what is vital  to every talent.     It is love.

A person can have  all sorts  of talents  that “Wow!” the people  around them.     They could even die  as a famous martyr.     But,  if they lack love,  they are nothing.     They won’t cut it  with God.     When God gives talents,  He expects us  to use those talents  with the same kind  of self-sacrificing love  He gave us  on the cross.

When most people today  mention love,  they think  of the erotic love seen  in the media.     That is lustful passion,  not love.     In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Paul describes  the love  God expects  from us  and that Jesus demonstrated  to us.    Here is everything  we need  to add  to the talents  we have.     Paul says:

Love is patient,  love is kind  and is not jealous;  love does not brag  and is not arrogant,   does not act unbecomingly;  it does not seek its own,  is not provoked,  does not take  into account  a wrong suffered,   does not rejoice  in unrighteousness,  but rejoices  with the truth;   bears all things,  believes all things,  hopes all things,  endures all things.     Love never fails.

Is that  how we love others  as we use  our lesser talents?     Real love needs to be  in everything  we do as husband,  wife,  child,  student,  teacher,  farmer,  doctor,  mechanic,  clerk,  businessman,  repairman,  carpenter,  mailman,……. you name it.

If we think less  of certain people  based on their talents,  God thinks less   of us for wrongly judging  His beloved children.     We are brothers and sisters   in Christ  and should act like it.     Setting ourselves  (or someone else)  up on some sort of pedestal,  just because  we have a particular talent,  is not pleasing  to our heavenly Father.

The Lord  who made us all  wants us  to sincerely love  and esteem everyone,  because He created us all.     To think less  of certain talents  is the same  as telling God  He didn’t do  such a great job  in creating that person.     And yet,  our lives would be miserable  without the talents  of that person.   Does that make sense?

John spelled out the gravity  of all this.     He says in 1 John 3:14,    “We know  that we have passed  out of death  into life,  because we love  the brethren.      He who does not love  abides  in death.”

That’s a serious truth to always remember as we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for blessing us  with people  of many varied talents.”

Love,
Margaret

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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