Within the church there is a tendency, at times, to become jealous over one another's gifts. Ultimately, however, those gifts don't really matter if they aren't combined with the most important thing. In fact, anything that is done, absent of the most important thing, isn't really that valuable in the whole scheme of life. What is that most important thing? It's love. Who cares how talented a person is if he's not able to use his talents with love? Chances are you've seen a celebrity whom you thought had a lot going for him until you saw him or her interviewed. The person, in reality, turned out to be a total jerk. How much value did you place on his talents then? What about when you see someone famous stop and show love to someone else? Doesn't that person gain respect in your mind? It doesn't matter how gifted you are if you don't combine your gifts with love: it's the most important thing.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.