February 1

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

“Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.” vs. 8

Christianity is known for its trends. Every few years there is a major breakthrough of some sort and we become obsessed with the newest and the latest worship practices and doctrinal statements. At those moments there are endless debates and arguments among various denominational factions, and occasionally some brand new groups are birthed. Religion has always been a fertile ground for speculation and controversy. Some new preacher, some high profile biblical scholar, some spirit-filled dynamo captures our attention and we begin to believe we’ve got all this God and Jesus stuff figured out. And it’s all a charade! All the new liturgies get boring, preachers dry up, and the spirit-filled have swallowed the doves feathers and all. That’s how it’s always been in the church, and Paul saw the trend at the very beginning. He tells the Corinthians that all the things that have been such a concern to their body will come to an end…but the love that comes straight from the heart of God and that has drawn them together will remain forever. It’s what is left when all else has let us down! God never ever stops loving…and that will continue to be the glue that holds any faith community together. It’s the most valuable possession we have.

Thought for the Day: If love never ends, why do people stop loving?

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