The Spirit of God is ever gracious in the manner in which He reveals the Word to us. Of the many times I had read or heard another's thoughts on 1 Corinthians 13 I usually came away with a bad taste in my mouth because they invariably went down the mushy, sentimental "love" road which is of no use to the Christian and does not exalt Christ. While reading through 1 Corinthians, chapter 13 was next in line and my thought was to read it quickly and move on to 14. But the Lord had other ideas. In conjunction with 1 John 4:8 "God is love" and Col. 1:27 "Christ in you, the hope of glory" I began to see 1 Corinthians 13 in a whole new light. The following is the result of that reading, where instead of reading "love", I would read "Christ in me." This is by no means an attempt to change the Word of God, rather something that lends more clarity to my feeble mind. I hope that great encouragement may come from the following:
'Though I speak with tongues of men and of angels, and have not Christ in me, 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 Christ in me, 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 Christ in me, it profiteth me nothing.
'Christ in me suffereth long, and is kind;
'Christ in me envieth not;
'Christ in me vaunteth itself, is not puffed up,
'Christ in me doth not behave itself unseemly, Christ in me seeketh not her own,
'Christ in me is not easily provoked, Christ in me thinketh no evil;
'Christ in me rejoiceth not in iniquity, Christ in me rejoices in the truth,
'Christ in me beareth all things,
'Christ in me believeth all things,
'Christ in me hopeth all things,
'Christ in me endureth all things,
'Christ in me NEVER FAILETH...'
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan