The Inside Column 15/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 16, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Love Is Indispensable…

 And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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 do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 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 the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a 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. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 This very well-known Bible chapter and is one that is often used at weddings as it speaks of what love is and what love is not. Yet there is so much more to this chapter than the love between a man and a woman.

The love that Paul speaks about is the love that God pours out on us, it is the love that God has for all his creation, it is the love we are to have for each other, it is the love we are to have for the lost. I love how Paul says after a couple of chapters telling the Corinthians about the gifts, and the body and how it is all supposed to work together, he says – I will show you the most excellent way, the way of Love.

As we look at this passage to day my Prayer is that we all will know the love of God in our lives.

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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