Balaam's Ass Spoke the Truth, But He Was Still an Ass!

…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 - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

     I assume that you are Calvinistic in creed, fundamental in faith, and moral in manners or you would not be identified with this people. But has the grace you profess made you gracious? Has the love of God you claim made you a loving, tender and kind person? Has the forgiveness of your sins taught you how to forgive? Has your friendship with ‘that great friend’ taught you how to be a true and loyal friend? Having received the heavenly gifts freely from God's merciful hand, have you learned to give to others freely and generously?

     You have studied the person and work of Jesus Christ, but ‘have you learned Christ?’ The only true evidence that you or anyone has of the fact that you know Christ and have truly been with Christ, is that you demonstrate in attitude and action the ways and will of Christ.  Is this not what Paul is saying in 1 Corinthians 13?  One may have the orthodoxy and knowledge, and gifts of religion; but if he does not have love, he is nothing!  Don’t just preach the love of God; demonstrate it!  

     My friends, a contentious, unloving, ungracious person is a stranger to the grace of God; for the grace of God makes men and women gracious and loving in all areas. ‘By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ Balaam’s ass spoke the truth, but he was still an ass! Speaking the truth does not necessarily change one: Learning the truth does.

Topics: Churchianity Neo-Gnosticism
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