Posts Tagged ‘Love’

1 Corinthians 16:12-18 Done In Love

The starting place for all God’s plans

This is Paul’s final instructions to the Corinthian church, for now. He also gives special instructions for honoring some of the founding fathers of this group.

“Let all that you do be done in love” (verse 14) encompasses everything that Paul spoke of in this letter. It also stands sentinel to the command he wrote just before it. “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (verse 13).

Paul wants this group to be watchful to prevent sin from sneaking back into the body. But confront those who have fallen in love.

Stand firm in the teachings that you have received. Keep the foundational truths pure. But bring the new believers along in love. Don’t force them to mature to your standards. Let the Holy Spirit take the lead.

Act like men. Take responsibility for your own actions. Be the head of your household and remain under God’s leadership. Be willing to listen to correction. Respond with love instead of blame or excuses. Love your family as Jesus loves the church.

Be strong. There is going to be trouble and trials. Stand up for Jesus instead of hiding away. Demonstrate the same kind of love Jesus did for His persecutors. Forgive them and love them by sharing God’s word with them. Their soul may be won by your final witness.

Paul calls for honor, which comes directly from love, for the founding fathers of the church in Corinth. They opened their hearts and homes for the work of the gospel.

Lord Jesus, the example of love that You gave is SO far beyond what I could ever attain to. Everything You did began in love. I want to live that way too. I have a LONG way to go to get there. Thank You for bringing me a little further along each day though. Thank You for the renewed love I have for my husband. Even as times have gotten harder, my love has gotten fresher and deeper. Thank You for that gift. Keep growing me in love.

Romans 13:8-14 Love Is The Law

The Spirit of the Law

Paul is wrapping up his instructions. He just finished speaking to us regarding authorities over us (vertical relationships) and now he addresses interactions among us (horizontal relationships).

All during Paul’s letter he made it clear that we were not under the law and didn’t have to adhere to it for our salvation. But he also made clear that because of our love for Jesus, that we should follow the commandments of God. Read more »

Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus Teaches Amazing Love

love your enemy too

Love your enemy

Jesus tells us to love our enemies today. I have had a few people in my life I would NOT call my friend, but I don’t know if I would actually call them my enemy. What really is an enemy?

I was talking to Damion, my oldest grandson, about this question. We agreed that an enemy is someone who, when you see them or even think about them, you experience a visceral reaction of anger or hate towards them, and want to tear them apart or wish them dead. I guess by our agreed upon definition, there are a couple of people in my life that elicited that kind of reaction from me, FOR A TIME. This isn’t how I react when I think of them now. Does that mean they are no longer my enemy? I know for a fact that, if given the chance, they would behave towards me in the same manner they previously did that brought me to that point of hate. Would they then become my enemy again? Do they consider me their enemy?

I was just prompted to look at this a different way. I have someone in my life that their behavior makes me so angry that I want to smack them or shake them while yelling, “Don’t you get it! What you are doing is SO wrong!” I think that puts them in the enemy class. I don’t wish them dead but I certainly wish their behavior dead. Read more »