1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We usually look to February as the month for Valentine’s Day, Cupid and his arrows, candy, flowers, cards, romantic dinners at some secluded quiet restaurant, there are even proposals for marriage. Love is in the air so to speak.
February has been set aside for thoughts of love and that is nice; it ought to be that way. But I would propose (haha) that every day ought to be set aside for love. Not all the gushy kinds of love many will be all caught up in (even though that may be what some of us need a little of) but real and true love that is. The kind of love that Paul speaks about here in 1 Corinthians. Love that is patient. That sure is a challenge today with our “culture of busyness”. There just doesn’t seem enough time in the day for me to get done what I want to get done or everybody please get off the road I’m in a hurry kind of patience. Love is kind – when for many kindnesses is all about what’s in it for me. Love is not rude or evil or keeping a record of who has done mean things to us. “I don’t like being nice unless people are nice to me.” Paul says it so well “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always gets through.” And the bottom line is love never fails. Where God is involved in our lives failure does not take place.
Where does the kind of love Jesus displayed come into play in our everyday routine activities? The ongoing run-of-the-mill day when my car won’t start and I’m in a hurry? Someone chews me out at work or just in passing because they must be right and everyone else is wrong. How was it that Jesus saw others? Certainly, He saw people who needed a heavenly Father that they could connect with and be restored into a right relationship with. Jesus, the example of pure unadulterated love always about touching the heart of people. How about those we encounter? – families, our neighbors, across the street, at work… maybe even in the church. You know, a little Jesus’ love will go a long way.
In Him, Your Pastor,