From Pastor’s Desk: 1-31-16
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
Fitting, of course, for Valentine’s Day observance, a day when most everyone declares again, as in years before, their undying love for one another.
A beautiful time, and certainly this is not to take away from the occasion, but we, need desperately to embrace the principle stated in 1 Corinthians 13:4. I think it is a safe assumption that the world would be so much better.
Patience, kindness, and lack of envy, boasting, and pride, as listed in the verse, is the underlying factor of why many have never learned how to love according to Scriptural principle. It takes a conscious effort to put someone else before yourself. Human nature being what it is, inherently, it’s not “natural” to do that.
With that said then, it takes more than we, as human beings, have within ourselves. It necessitates something more. Remember, chapter 13 is called “The love chapter” for a reason. Coming out the preceding chapter Paul writes, “…yet I show you a more excellent way” or as the New Living Translation says, “…you should desire the most helpful gifts. First, however, let me tell you about something else that is better than any of them! “Them” meaning the gifts of the Spirit on which he had just instructed. That, of course, leads into the discourse about love.
That chapter begins, “If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.” The meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal is what words sound like when there is no love. And where there is no love there will be no patience, kindness, but there definitely will be envy, boasting, and pride.
What a message, especially to the church! No matter the relationship, an effective one necessitates love, and all that it brings.