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Thursday, February 16, 2012
I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I
have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the
gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits
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. Love never fails. But whether there are
prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease;
whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away." 1Cr 13: 1-8.
was meditating on these verses today and thinking about what Paul
wrote. Love, the more excellent way. What is a Christian without love?
Nothing. We can talk all the "Christianise" play "Churchianity" and go
to church all we want, but if we fail to love our neighbor, we do not
have love. Have you ever tried to replace the word love in the above
verses and replaced them with your name? Try it and see how it fits.
Replace the word love with Jesus and it just flows.
are many people in the church and outside that are hurting for various
reasons. If we fail to see them and encourage them we have no love.
Sometimes I ask people, "how are you doing?" Many times the response is
"I'm fine thank you." Then I ask, "how do you really feel?" The answer
is quite different sometimes. In reality, many are suffering or go
through trial in their life's. They are either afraid to say something
or are ashamed about the things that they are facing and going through.
They need someone that reaches out to them and the church would be a
good place to start.
people come to church and just wanna blend in and enjoy some of the
worship and the message and go home almost unseen. Church is suppose to
be a fellowship of believers that come together, love each other and
encourage one another. All of us have gone through trials in our walk
with the Lord at one point or another. Those that have gone through
similar trials, should encourage and pray with those currently enduring
them. You see, it is very easy to put on a mask and play the Christian
in church, everything is fine, I am blessed, thank you. It's easy to
live in a Christian bubble.
We can either play
church or be the church and do what Jesus ask us to do. Love one
another. We need to be honest with one another and if we see someone
that is hurting inside (they are not that easy to overlook) we need to
engage with that person, rather than just walking by. Maybe that person
is just looking for one person to stop and talk to them and encourage
them. We have all been there, we had our ups and downs in our walk with
the Lord. I think that the people in need look at other believers as
more spiritual. They think the Pastors have everything figured out. On
the contrary, Pastors just as other believers go through trial in their
life's. We are all just finite human beings with hurts and pains, with
good times and bad times.
So, the next time
you're at church, look around and see if someone maybe just needs some
encouragement. Talk to some people you think you know from church and
ask them if there is anything you can pray for. Iron sharpens iron. We
do outreaches to save the lost, we feed the hungry, but I believe we
fail to reach out to those in our own church that need our encouragement
and spiritual support. Without love, we the church are nothing.
new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have
loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all will know that
you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34, 35.