(1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not CHARITY, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not CHARITY, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not CHARITY, it profiteth me nothing.
Princess, this is a very powerful passage filled with vessels of hidden treasure! Some versions of the Bible translate the word CHARITY into the word LOVE, which is accurate. But if you dig even deeper, you will discover that CHARITY is actually translated from the Greek word AGAPE, which is the very epitome of God Himself.
(1 John 4:8) …God is love (agape).
In other words, Princess, you could read this passage like this: …I could remove mountains, but if I have not God, I am nothing…I could give my body to be burned, but if I have not God, I am nothing…
Let’s keep digging! Acts 17:28 reminds us that it is in Him in which we live, and move, and have our being, and in the 15th chapter of John, we are promised that without Jesus we can do nothing. Finally, Psalm 103:14 declares that God knoweth our frame and remembereth that we are mere dust.
Princess, we simply need God. Without Him, we are nothing. Without our Creator, we will wither away just like the plants, the animals, and the unbelievers who went before us, for alone, we are mere mortals.
We can do everything this world considers good, praiseworthy, and plausible, but without God it is useless. We can give all we have to the poor, move every mountain that stands in our way, sacrifice our own body for the sake of others, and even prophesy to the bountiful nations, but if we don’t have charity (love, agape, God), we are nothing.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?