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.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)
Love is a big thing in the Christian life. We are expected to love everyone. In fact, Jesus commanded us to love. When the Pharisees asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, He said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” explaining that this is the first commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’,” Jesus added. (Matthew 22:32-40)
We are also expected to put love into everything we do. The apostle Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 13:1. He explained that you could “speak in the tongues of men or of angels,” but if you don’t love, you’d just be making noise. He also said that you could have all knowledge and faith, but if you don’t have love, you are nothing. Among other things, he said that if you are a great servant and even devote your body to service, but you don’t love, you gain nothing.
At ECA, students learn native-level English, get a high quality education that gives them a lot of knowledge, and get to serve in the real world through missions and other service outreaches. That’s all great. But we always need to remember that we need to put love into everything we do; otherwise, we’ll just be wasting our time.
Remember: Without love, we are nothing.