January 31

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” vs. 2

Occasionally we meet the people who Paul describes so well. Sometimes they’re the pillars of congregations, steeped in biblical knowledge and able to answer any theological question. They’re clever and gifted people, generous in their giving and faithful in worship, but they don’t have a clue about love. They’re harsh in their judgments and careful to let people know that they have the proper church pedigree, and they completely miss the point of following Jesus. Jesus doesn’t give a rip about church doctrines or hierarchies…he doesn’t even care how many bible verses we can quote. What Jesus wants to see in his disciples is deep and compassionate love for one another and for the world. He wants to see love in our eyes and in our smiles and in the tender hugs we give to those who are hurting. The old camp song puts it well, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love,” and the more we can demonstrate that love in daily living, the better life will be for us all. Oh how our mission has suffered with our countless debates and frequent splits in the pointless pursuit of orthodoxy and purity! It sounds like a cliche, but it’s true, “all we really need is love.”

Thought for the Day: What’s the primary attribute of a lover?

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