8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
But whether there be prophecies (to understand and receive prophecies is very needful, and will enhance the life of any believer), they shall fail.
Whether there be tongues (to be used of God in the giving of messages in tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, is a tremendous blessing, and is given to all to profit therewith. To speak in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance will edify us, as we speak to God), they shall cease.
Whether there be knowledge (Oh, how needful to know! To have the knowledge of truth! To know the mysteries of the Word of God will provide growth and strength like nothing else), it shall vanish away.
There is a need in all of us that can only be supplied through the operation of charity from one person to another. To “suffer long” and to “show kindness”, will encourage anyone! When a life of failure has brought a person to a place of hopelessness, the acts of charity will pave the road to their recovery! Nothing can do what a loving presence can do to a hurting soul!
Yes, each person needs their own walk with God, and their own time in His throne room. We cannot replace these precious times with any other experience in our lives! We need them! We understand that people relate to people, people compare people, and people need people! It does matter how others feel about us! We do need each other! We are the body of Christ on this earth, a building fitly framed together. Love being the bond of perfection, we will do well to live by the principles of 1 Corinthians 13, because Charity Never Faileth!
Robert Geans pastors Edwardsburg United Pentecostal Church in Edwardsburg, Michigan.