1 Corinthians 13:1-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Way of Love
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 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.
Ever come across a situation where someone is trying to share something with you and it just isn’t working? In life we will always come across people trying to sell us things, convince us that this is the right thing to do or that we couldn’t possibly be happy without such and such. I find it funny because in almost every situation the people are almost always aggressive. To the point that it feels like they are judging and condemning me. I mean lets be honest, why would I want to sit down and listen to someone when it feels like within the next five minutes they’re gonna let a few punches loose? I’m sure all of us can think of different times in our lives where we have felt this way. Now let me ask you something, have you ever felt this way while listening to someone talk about God?
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,[g] serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
As strange as it may seem there are a lot of people who could nearly get their blocks knocked off by the way they approach things, even in the Christian realm or should I say especially in the Christian realm of things. The point is that these days people lack love. Who would want to listen to an evangelist that speaks without love? That’s completely contradicting to the faith and I say that because the very core to Christianity, our faith is love. Without love the good news becomes a believer (if I can even call such individual as such) preaching nothing, but hate. No longer is it the simple “love the sinner, hate the sin” mentality, rather it becomes “hate the sinner, and the sin”.
When we preach with such a hate driven spirit we do nothing but turn people away from God. When we preach hate we do nothing but destroy God’s name and image in the eyes of the unbeliever. When we preach hate we do nothing but install hate in the lives of others and ourselves. A perfect example would be the West Bureau Baptist Church. Yes God does hate the sin of homosexuality (he hates every sin really), but nowhere does it say that God hates the people and yet we have people who are so I guess caught up in their flesh that the word of God becomes distorted. No longer is it (Leviticus 18:22) “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” instead it is now “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; you are an abomination.” All of these crazy picketing and protests with wild claims such as “GOD HATES FAGS!!” won’t benefit the kingdom in anyway. Maybe we’ll attract other wackos, but those few aren’t in the right either so what’s the use?
People like the West Bureau Baptist group drive me nuts with how much hate they spew out. It’s nothing but a distortion of what was once biblical, but through their mouths it becomes no better than the words of Satan himself. We are supposed to display love to one another not hate. Not to change the course of this message, but let’s not be seeker friendly either. That’s a whole other topic and I’m sure I’ll speak about it soon.
To drive this blog/word whatever you’d like to call it home I’m going to wrap it up with this, when you spread the good news do it with God’s love, be an example onto others what God shows you daily. Don’t make someone want to knock your block off.