1 Corinthians 13:1-3
1Co 13:1 If I speak in the human languages and the angelic ones, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And if I have a prophecy, and I know all the mysteries and all the secret knowledge; and if I have all the faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And if I give everything to feed others, and if I can brag that I even hand over my body, but do not have love, it gains me nothing.
Paul had told the Corinthians that the missions gifts and ministries they had experienced among their churches were among the greater gifts, and they should seek to keep exercising those gifts. Yet, he warns them that it is possible to be doing all those great things, and still be ineffective. The special ingredient that makes all those great gifts effective is love. Without love, it doesn’t matter what you can say, or who you can say it to. Without love, it doesn’t matter what you know — even if you know all the hidden mysteries, and can manifest superhuman powers. Without love, it does not even matter if you give away all you have — even your own life. Without love, none of those things matter. With love, they all matter.
LORD, whatever gifts we present to you, may they be seasoned with the special ingredient.