Galatians 5:6 - Faith without Love is Dead!

Galatians 5:6 (NIV) For in Christ Jesus 
neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any 
value. The only thing that counts is faith 
expressing itself through love. 

Galatians 5:6 (AMP) For [if we are] in 
Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor 
uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith 
activated and energized and expressed and working 
through love. 


Nothing Matters Without Love
   Have you ever wondered what matters to 
God? The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:6: If 
you are a follower of Christ Jesus  all that 
matters is your faith that makes you love others 
(CEV). God says what matters in life is not your 
accomplishments or your achievements or your fame or your 
wealth. The only thing that matters is having a 
faith that causes you to love other people. If you 
miss that, you have missed the most important 
thing in life. 
   Over the next couple of days, were 
going to look at the most famous chapter in the 
Bible on love, 1 Corinthians 13. When speakers 
want to get your attention and want you to 
remember something, they use repetition. They say 
something over and over. In the first few verses of 
this passage, Paul says the same thing five 
different ways: The most important thing in life is 
   Here are the first four reasons why.
   1. If you dont live a life of love, 
then nothing you say will matter. 
   If I could speak all the languages of 
earth and of angels, but didnt love others, I 
would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal 
(1 Corinthians 13:1 NLT). 
   Were really impressed by great 
speakers. We love eloquence and charisma. But God 
says, I dont care how good of a communicator 
you are. Are you living a life of love? If 
youre not, then nothing you say will matter. Words 
without love are just noise. 
   2. If you don't live a life of love, 
nothing you know will matter. 
   I may have the gift of prophecy. I may 
understand all the secret things of God and have all 
knowledge  But even with all these things, if I do 
not have love, then I am nothing (1 
Corinthians 13:2 NCV). 
   We live in a world where knowledge is 
exploding. We are smarter than weve ever been. But 
we still have the same problems: crime, abuse, 
prejudice, violence. Why? Because the world doesnt 
need more knowledge. It needs more love. You may 
be a genius. But God says if you dont have 
love in your life, all that you know is 
   3. If you dont live a life of love, 
nothing you believe will matter.  
   The Bible says, Even if I had the gift 
of faith so that I could speak to a mountain 
and make it move, I would still be worth nothing 
at all without love (1 Corinthians 13:2 
TLB). Theres a myth that being a follower of 
Christ is just a matter of believing certain 
truths. Nothing can be further from the truth! 
Following Christ is about living a life of love. It 
takes more than belief to please God. 
   4. If you dont live a life of love, 
nothing you give will matter. 
   The next verse says, If I gave 
everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my 
body, I could boast about it; but if I didnt 
love others, I would have gained nothing (1 
Corinthians 13:3 NLT). 
   Love isnt always the motivation for 
giving. Some people give just to get back or out of 
guilt or for control or prestige. You can give for 
a lot of wrong motives, but the Bible says if 
youre not doing it out of love, none of your 
giving counts. 
   The Bible is very clear about what 
happens when you dont live a life of love. 
Tomorrow well look at the last reason why you need 
to focus on your faith that makes you love 
others. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 

Life Is About Relationships, Not 
   No matter what I say, what I believe, 
and what I do, Im bankrupt without love (1 
Corinthians 13:3 The Message). 
   We learned yesterday that the Bible is 
very clear about what really matters in life: 
If you are a follower of Christ Jesus  all 
that matters is your faith that makes you love 
others (Galatians 5:6 CEV). 
   If you dont live a life of love, then 
nothing you say will matter, nothing you know will 
matter, nothing you believe will matter, and nothing 
you give will matter. 
   Finally, if you dont live a life of 
love, nothing you accomplish will matter. 
   You can rack up an incredible list of 
personal achievements. You can get your picture on 
the cover of Fortune magazine. You can win the 
Nobel Peace Prize. You can have enormous 
accomplishments, be entrepreneur of the year, build a 
billion-dollar company, have incredibly great successes in 
your field of endeavor. But the Bible says it 
isnt worth much if you dont love. The Bible 
says - God says - relationships are more 
important than accomplishments. 
   Life is about relationships, not 
   Its as simple as this: You can have 
the eloquence of an orator, the knowledge of a 
genius, the faith of a miracle worker, the 
generosity of a philanthropist, or the achievements of 
a superstar, but if you dont have love in 
your heart, it is worth zero. It doesnt count. 
The only thing that matters to God is this: Do 
you love him, and do you love other people? 
   One day youre going to die, and 
youre going to stand before God. When he evaluates 
your life, hes not going to look at your bank 
account or your list of accomplishments or your 
grades. He wont care about all your sports 
trophies. Hes not going to look at your 
endorsements or your resume. 
   God is going to evaluate your life on one 
basis: your relationships. Hes going to ask, 
How much did you love me and other people? 
Thats called the Great Commandment. Did you love 
God with all your heart, and did you love your 
neighbor as yourself? 
   Thats why Paul teaches us that what 
matters most is our faith being expressed through 
love (see Galatians 5:6). [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 




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