February 4, 2013

Believe it or Not

First Corinthians 13:1-13

Believe it or not Paul was not thinking about weddings or marriage when he wrote this popularly quoted chapter about LOVE.  Granted, he does describe what love is, the broader focus, however, is on something else; what Paul seems to be pointing out to the people at Corinth is that in the end nothing really matters more than the answer to one particular question……
“They will know we are Christians by our love,” the contemporary song goes ― but the other side of that statement is ― they will know we are something less than Christian by our lack of love. 
What is love?  Love is silence when words may hurt.  Love is patience when your neighbor is rude.  Love is reliability when asked to serve.  Love is strength and courage when tragedy and misfortune hits.  Love is viewing others through the eyes of God.
Love challenges us to get along with someone you would rather not speak to; love nudges us to encourage the discouraged; it demands of us that we look deep within our character; that we search the innermost depths of our own heart and ask ourselves perhaps the most difficult question of all (the same question Paul wanted the Christians at Corinth to answer).  What is the question?  The question is ― “Are YOU living-out the LOVE of Christ?”

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