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Day 5 - Love’s Freeing Way

Friday, June 28th, 2013

1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:8a

Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.  If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Reflection:

In this passage, Paul is addressing to the church in Corinth about their spiritual gifts and how love, not self-interest, is to be at the center of all their actions.  Christ’s love was not being expressed in their relationships with one another and their lack of love was the root of all of their problems.  Similarly, love is misunderstood and distorted by the unbelieving world.  Love is not just about having an intense feeling of deep affection toward someone or about something.  No matter how strong these feelings are, eventually they will fade.

The “love” that Paul is referring to in 1 Corinthians 13 is “agapé” love.  Agapé love is from God, whose very nature is love itself.  It is an unconditional love that reaches out to another person with no strings attached. It is love that sacrifices itself on behalf of the other, without expecting anything in return.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Even through constant frustration, interruption and opposition, love never fails.  It is love that starts with God, comes down to us, and then moves out from us to others.  Truly this is the most excellent way to experience freedom in Christ!  Let us love like He has loved us!

Responding to the Word:

Let’s thank God for His unconditional love that has rescued us and healed us.  Together as His church, may we experience true freedom in Christ as we love like He has loved us!  In everything we do, may we be deeply rooted in His agapé love that always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Day 2 - Humility’s Honoring Ways

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Day 1 - Gratitude’s Gracious Influence

Monday, June 24th, 2013