A Christian may seem impressive on the outside – gifted in eloquence and knowledge, not lacking in faith and sacrifice – and yet be empty inside. Through the letter of Apostle Paul to Corinth, Ptr. Mike Cariño invites us to examine our lives for signs of spiritual bankruptcy.
Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
1. The mark of “spiritual bankruptcy” is spiritual giftedness without love, knowledge without love, ministry without love, and life without love. Why do you think this statement makes sense? Give some examples.
2. For the Apostle Paul, an “A+ Christian” is one who is patient with others, one who is kind with others, one who is not envious, one who is not boastful, one who never gives up on others. To be spiritual is to live a life of compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility, and love. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), how well are you doing in your relationships? Why?
3. The Bible says that “no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” (I Corinthians 13:3, MSG) How do you think can we help believers excel in loving relationships?