With Valentine’s Day approaching, I started thinking about the word ‘love’ in our world today and what it means in the church. What does the word love mean? Is it a warm fuzzy feeling towards others? Maybe that’s too generic…. What does Christian love really mean? Is it perhaps a certain ‘attitude’ that we are expected to have towards others? We know that our family relationships are to be marked by love. Husbands are to love their wives. Wives must love their husbands. Parents and children, brothers and sisters, must love one another.
And what does Biblical love look like? And how do we stack up with other Christians? Are we patient and kind or are we rude and short tempered?
Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, 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.
In the Bible, Paul specifically mentions the gifts of tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith and giving. These gifts can’t accomplish their purpose without love. Love is superior to all spiritual gifts.
Love therefore is the heart-felt affection in response to the love God has shown toward us especially in the gift of salvation. Love should first and foremost be directed toward God and then towards others. Love inspires our deliberate service to others which is intended for good.
Eleven of our SunRise church family just headed to Honduras for a week of service on a dental mission trip! This also included our lead pastor. The unselfish love that they will show on this trip and also on past trips, is undeniable. And for those who could not go on the mission trip, our congregation also donated medical supplies and monetary gifts. The medical supplies will help the dental team with the immediate dental needs of the community. The monetary gifts will go to help put electricity in homes and towards food baskets for families in need. God truly loves each and every one of us and uses our unique spiritual gifts to help others. God also chooses your gifts. He doesn’t give you a ‘gift card’ so you can pick the ones you want either. God also gives you the capacity to develop your gift(s). So take those gifts that God has given you, use it, and then “re-gift” it. Pass that love along and use it for the benefit of the church and others that come along your path. After all, I think we can all agree, the world needs more love, so why can’t it start with you?
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