It has been a while since my last post. We have been deep in the subject of experiencing God. If you have a few hours you can get caught up over on the podcast page. This week we will be focusing on love and how the church is to fit together. Our focus scripture is 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:13 12. This scripture speaks to me, it points out that we are to have unity with each other and not the gnashing of the teeth unity either. We are to be in real unity.
I think Paul pointed us in the right direction by saying what good is your spiritual gifts if you lack love. Love should be at the center of all of us. Love should be our motivations for unity, the kind of love that God shows us, that Christ died for, that offers us salvation.
Paul says in ch 12 vs 31 " But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way." and what was the better way Paul was to show us? the answer is love. 2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love.
To be obedient requires us to walk in love. To put on the fullness of love is to understand the fullness of love that has been expressed to us and that continues to be expressed to us.
We have been having an interesting conversation in our Wednesday night meetings about benevolence and just what are the limitations placed on the church? through a joined effort we have discovered that the church body is to only give benevolence to brothers and sisters in Christ. But if that is true, how are we to help those that need help. The answer is love. It is up to the individual to show love to non-believers through a personal giving. To give of ourselves to show the love of the Lord. It is almost worthless for a church to give to the non-believing people. Hardly any fruit is ever produced from that kind of giving. But when Christians show love individually it almost always produces fruit (or at least the odds are better).
\Love should be at the center of every ministry we are involved in!