How many times have you heard this passage read at a wedding?
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (I Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV)
It’s a beautiful passage that relates well to marriage, even though written in a context relating to spiritual gifts within the church.
However, I think sometimes we forget, or choose to ignore, that this is how we are supposed to love EVERYONE, in ALL circumstances not just those we like.
We are called to become more like Jesus.
Jesus is the exact representation of God’s character (if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father).
God is love.
The above passage describes God, it describes His nature!
Jesus said; a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you (the same way, our Heavenly Father Loves).
Simple concept? Yes.
Difficult to live? Absolutely!
Trying, in HIS strength despite the challenge? Easier, and oh so rewarding.
It’s time that we as a church, as a collective body, start to take this command seriously. But it starts as individuals. When you begin to love the way that Jesus loved, the way that He still loves, YOU WILL SEE GOD’S KINGDOM COME IN YOUR LIFE AND IN THE LIVES AROUND YOU!
It’s time church.