Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 41)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging 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, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then Face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)
King David spoke and sang with great talent, but he performed for God, Who is love.

King David prophesied Jesus and understood much, but he humbled himself and exalted God, Who is love.

King David fought Goliath and built a nation, but his faith came from God, Who is love.

King David fed the poor and offered his life, but his service was for God, Who is love.

King David suffered long and was kind to his persecutor, which is love.

King David did not flaunt his position, but left it willingly to spare Jerusalem, which is love.

King David was not rude to King Saul, nor did he seek his crown, which is love.

King David was not provoked to vengeance, but applauded Saul's virtues, which is love.

King David hated evil and sought the Truth, Who is love.

King David bore great burdens, believed great promises and hoped great things. He endured every test to remain a man after God's Own Heart. He began an incredible journey as a child. Throughout his life, he continued to grow up and up and up... which is love's conclusion.

Actors, models and talent Christ: the Great Commission of Jesus Christ can be summed up in one word: love. Love is far-reaching, life-saving and death-defying. It's you--riding on the back of a beast named media with a smile on your face. So hold on tight...

Because 'Love never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:8).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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