What if we actually listened to what God says, and then lived it out in our lives? What if the world was shaped by God’s Word instead of the drive of human nature? What differences would you see?
Read through First Corinthians 13:1-8. You’ll notice immediately how this seems so other worldly. At once you’ll identify the fact that God’s view on Love is different than anything we’ve seen in this world.
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,[b] 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. I Corinthians 13:1-8
Patience and kindness. Humility and honor. Generous and serving. Peaceful and joyful. True. Trustworthy. Protecting. Enduring and unending Hope.
These words describe Jesus. These words describe all that our world needs today. Baltimore, Ferguson, Kathmandu, Washington DC, Lynnfield. You name the place and you’ll find people in need of these words. Look around and you’ll see people in need of Love. What if First Corinthians 13 became the norm instead of the exception? It all started with Jesus, and will continue through you.
Dear Jesus, you are love. Fill me with your love for the world. Amen.