January 27

1 Corinthian 13:1-7

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” vs. 1

No matter how many talented folks a congregation has, no matter how many ministry programs are available, unless there is a spirit of love within that congregation, everything else is pointless and worthless! Paul doesn’t mince words with the Corinthians. He spells out his most excellent way in terms that any fool can understand. Not only does he say that love is of paramount importance, he goes on to describe it in the most beautiful and tender terms. “Love is patient, love is kind; it is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude; it does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” Sadly, while we speak a great deal of love in our society, many have never experienced what Paul is referencing–some days it seems as though this brand of love is exceedingly rare. But it’s not impossible! There are those among us who love exactly as Paul describes. They have tapped into the channels of love that have their origin in the Christ. In their humility they may not know how this has happened–there are no secret passwords and there is no special training. All we can say is that they have been touched by the Spirit, and their lives are a blessing to us all.

Thought for the Day: Great lovers that I have known!

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