The Way of Love

13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, [1] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; [2] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.- 1Corinthians 13:1-13

     If you have ever been to a wedding, it’s no doubt you have heard these verses spoken. But, I think when you’re hit right in the heart by God and you’re not living this way do these verses mean anything to you. This happened to me today at work. I was snappy with everybody and very irritable. In fact, I have been that way for a few months and I didn’t know why. All I ever wanted to do since I got saved was to tell others about the love of Jesus Christ. I just stepped down as the youth leader of my former church and it’s been over a year since my last sermon. All I want to do is preach the Gospel and couldn’t understand why God hasn’t been opening doors for me. A few years ago I had alot of preaching engagements but, none as of right now. Then, today God stopped me in my tracks and took me to these verses. In fact, He started working on me at Life Point’s service yesterday. Pastor Aaron gave a salvation message,and even though I’m saved, it reminded me how much Jesus loves me and that he calls me to love with the same kind of love that took Him to the cross for my sins. Aaron’s sermon was on Romans 5:1-15. But it was the memory verse for the week that rattled me to the core. Here is what Romans 5:8 says:

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    The Lord kept this verse with me all day on Sunday and it was like he was asking me if I remember how I was when he saved me. I sure do!  At best I would have called me a punk.  I didn’t care about God or people. I was suicidal and had a really bad attitude. Not too many people liked me, not even my family, But Jesus loved me so much that he died for me. Not at my best but at my worst he died for me. That’s love!

     So, that brings me back to today and the verses at top. The Lord convicted me and said, “So, you want to be a preacher?” I prayed “You know I do Lord.” Then, these verses popped in my head:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.-1Cor 13:1

      I have finally understood what God’s been trying to tell me. Before I could preach the Gospel, I’d have to live the Gospel. If Jesus loved me at my worst than I could love the people around me, even the ones who don’t like me or understand me. I opened my bible and read the whole chapter and here’s what softened my heart:

 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; [2] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

      I have hightlighted the words “it is not irritable or resentful”, because the Lord showed me that’s how I have been. When you replace “God” with the word “Love”, check out what you get. It will blow your mind away. Because when you take these verses as to describe God, in light of 1 John 4:8, which says God is love. Therefore, as a result of Him reminding me what love is, I confessed to my wife and told her I was sorry for being a jerk. I’m so glad God disciplines those who He loves when we are acting like idiots. I’d be lying to you if I said I got this love thing down, but praise be to God because of Him I’m on my way!

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