Saturday July 21, 2018

by colinscanvas

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Paul is telling us about something here. Something magnificent. Something more powerful than anything in the world. Love. Paul was addressing the Christians in Corinth by telling them their spiritual gifts, as we read the other day, are meaningless without love.

Have you ever loved someone? Have you ever felt love? I sure hope so. I know I have. The first people to come to mind are my mom, dad, and two sisters. I would do anything to make them happy. When you feel love for someone you will do anything for them without a second thought. You will look back and say what was I thinking there? Why did I do that? Because love does.

Do we do this with people in our every day lives? Do we love uncontrollably? I can regrettably say no. Most of the time I choose to love people who are easy to love. Not Jesus. Jesus loved everybody, always. Bob Goff has written two tremendous books on how to love the people around us consistently. (Love Does and Everybody Always.) Give them a read if you’re look for some motivation and laughs.

I had just finished reading Love Does by Bob Goff my sophomore year and was out getting some cash from an ATM in a not so great area. As I was looking at my phone a young man knocked on my window asking for cash. “Well played.” I thought to myself in the ATM parking lot. I ended up giving him some cash, but he insisted he needed more. I told him I would grab him a bit to eat and invited him into my friends car I was borrowing for the day. I ended up driving him around town, grabbing White Castle, stopping at his aunts house, his friends house, and I began to strike up a conversation. He started to open up to me a bit before I finally dropped him at his house a few miles from where we met. I can’t deny the whole time I thought, “This is how it’s going to end, in a freaking White Castle parking lot.” Thankfully I am still here.

I don’t think I will ever do anything quite like that again. You know. Pick up a stranger and drive him around Louisville. But God taught me something…

“Great love often involves tremendous risk.” -Bob Goff

Do you love people when it’s not convenient for you?

Does your agenda matter more than others?

For Jesus, others were always the priority.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman



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