The Greatest of these is Love
Many of us believers have 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 memorized. So many songs of worship have been sung on a Sunday morning with those faithful lyrics :
“4 Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5 love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; 6 love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. 7 Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.”
I love that no matter the crisis of faith or hiddenness of God, we can all come back to the principle of “God is Love” and then these memorized words help us connect the dots of other key elements of God’s character.
So that if you’re thinking to yourself “God has given up trying to talk to me” you have your answer here.. “Love never gives up.”
“God doesn’t trust me with that because last time I messed up” – wrong again. Love keeps NO record of wrongs, and neither does God. Why would He? We are far more critical of ourselves than God would ever be.
So as we journey through this life, this verse could also act as a compass to keep us in step with the Lord. If you find you’re losing your way perhaps pass off the Christian platitude of “WWJD”, (a question that could easily be met with “if I knew that, I wouldn’t be IN this mess!”) and instead ask yourself what would Love do? Speak out 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 and see if you have your answer.
“If you are fearful, know that God is not going to be dealing with fear because fear died on the Cross in Jesus. He is going to teach you perfect love. He is going to teach you to be loved amazingly because perfect love casts out fear.”
– FROM THE EPIPHANY
And so Beloved, from this vantage point, turn your attention to how to speak to the people in your life and the people out in the world. In an age where you can sit behind a screen and fire off remarks into the cyber-verse; immediate, uncensored and unaccountable; we are becoming a society that speaks before we think. Speaking the truth in love, is in danger of becoming the last priority.
But the truth is designed to set us free. Calling someone “a miserable piece of work!” is not the truth. It might be true that a person has anger, but the truth is they are a new creation, and scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “the old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
You will never help a person by dealing with their old self or pointing out their old nature. Instead point out stuff you do like about them, saying “You don’t need to be doing that because THIS is who you are.” We call each other up; we don’t call each other out!
Call-out culture is not fellowship, Beloved. It is akin to a drive-by, designed to provoke a negative. True fellowship speaks in love; one new creation to another.
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