Hope your Friday afternoon is a good one. As a minister I spend a fair amount of weekends at weddings and this is one of those wedding weekends – rehearsal tonight and wedding tomorrow. I always feel honored to be invited and I enjoy being a part of these wedding celebrations.
This Sunday in our services we will welcome home Andrea Gallman, who has spent the past couple of years doing mission work in Italy. Andrea is an absolutely fantastic young lady who is a credit to her parents (Jerry & Janet) and her Lord. I’m grateful for her good work and thankful that we as a church could partner with her. We’ll recognize Andrea this Sunday as she returns home.
This Sunday’s message comes from the classic “love-text” of 1 Corinthians chapter 13. It’s really a fascinating scripture because, contrary to popular belief, it was not written for weddings – though it certainly fits. It was written to Christians like you and me who are learning to love like Jesus loves. It’s a scripture that doesn’t so much define love as it describes what it looks like to love.
1 Corinthians 13 describes loving actions when your emotions have been hurt, when your church is more diverse than you would prefer, and when you just have an overall sense of disappointment in people whose acts aren’t together as much as you would like them to be!
Christian love was called by theologian Karl Barth, “The Impossible Possibility.” Impossible in our own strength, but made possible as the Holy Spirit energizes that part of us which is created in the image of God – who is love and who loves you in a way that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and never fails.
Love is the greatest gift of all! It is the ultimate reality for God’s people now and in the age to come. Faith and hope, wonderful as they are, will cease to exist in the new age. But love is part of our eternal destiny!
Let the love of Jesus wash over you today with freshness. Why don’t you read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and substitute the word “Jesus” for the word “love” and then substitute the pronoun “he” for “it.” Personalize the way Jesus acts and feels toward you. And then pass it on.