The Inside Column 22/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 23, 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.

Last week we were looking at 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s amazing chapter on love. In the first part of the passage Paul says that love is the basis for everything.

 ‘If I have no love – I am nothing,My actions are meaningless – I might understand everything, I might sacrifice a lot – even give up my life But without love – it’s a limited action’

Love in today’s culture is so often misunderstood, some people see it as no more than a feeling a throbbing of the heart, a sagging of the knees, a nice thing written on a card, the way something makes you feel.

Yet – real love goes far beyond the feelings ‑ Real love is a commitment. It stays – even when the feelings may be a bit weak. Love is a choice – a decision – a commitment

In the passage Paul described aspects of real love, and he gave things love will do and he gave things love will not do. He said that love will not be rude, not be self-seeking, will not be easily angered, and will not keep a record of wrongs.

Then Paul picks up the positive things that love does, He says:  ‘Love is patient and kind’ ‘Love looks to be truthful’ ‘Real love protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres’

As I have been thinking about the love that Paul talks about you can see why this kind of love is the basis for everything, and without it we are nothing.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. God is Love, we live in him and we are to Love each other, and as we love each other Gods love is made complete in us, and this is the most excellent way.           – 1 John 4:7 

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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