Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Living Tableau- Loving

1 Corinthians 13 (NLT)
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Pastor’s Notes

Love began with God. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that we may have everlasting life. God sacrificed His Son and only ask us to be obedient to His principles and the fullness of life will be ours for the asking. Isn’t that powerful love?

Every person needs love. Love shows that we care. Love is patient, kind, holds no grudges, keeps no record of wrongs, is not puffed up, to name a few characteristics. Christ asks that we love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and very being and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Let’s practice loving and loving unconditionally and watch the evil of this world subside. The word of God, obedience and unconditional love can conquer the challenges that we face in life. Let’s love, love and love more.

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