Towards a Different way of being   Leave a comment

1 Corintinas 13

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5I t is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails.

There are at least two focus that scripture leads us to and through when it soeaks to us of our conduct, one is the way to be and one is the way not to be. There is a saying that “ the gospel has not come to you if it has not gone through you” There is a all too human tendency to say “  I can’t” , but what we really mean is “I won’t” The expectation Scripture has of professing believers is that we should at least in some measure be reformed by it. Now having said that much the way to be is what I want to expand on. Faith works by Love and Love in the Bible is not a fuzzy sentiment but a power word, it is an action word. First here are is the Bible definition of Love ( perfectly portrayed by Jesus)

• Love is Kind

• Love is Patient.

• It does not envy

• It does not boast.

• It is not rude

• It is not proud.

• Keeps no record of wrongs

• Does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

• Love Protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

This is for the Christian the only option, if it is not then maybe we should all join a sports club, worldly fellowship does not know of this love, love restrains itself and exerts itself for good, the world does not do that without a selfish agenda.
Maybe this list should serve as reflection of how we have been and how we should be, it certainly will for me. And may God be merciful as he shines His word on us to heal us of our backslidings. So much more can be said along these lines but “the gospel has to go through us, and change us from the inside out” That this kind of love may be manifest in us, and God may be glorified.

Christ has loved us so much that He laid His life down for us, not as an example, but as a sacrifice, this kind of Love, sacrifices, again, and again, and again. It is a glorious gospel and must be heard such love cannot be taken lightly, for it must change us. Jeremiah Burroughs, who wrote the book, “the Evil of Evils” said this. “The greatest evil is to sin against love”
Today I think is a good day, to start living this out in real terms. As the text from 1 Corinthians 13 tells us to. And we start by delighting in the truth, about God, about the Word and in what the Bible tells us of our true nature. It is after all a kindness in extreme that God shows us to oursleves, for who we are.


Posted May 31, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

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