September Newsletter

Pastor’s Perspective
Next to the 23rd Psalm, probably the most famous passage in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13. It has become so popular because of its use at almost all weddings. The whole emphasis of the chapter is on a single word: love. The word love is used 9 times in the short chapter of thirteen verses. It is an exquisite work of literature that is adored by both Christians and non-Christians alike for its elegance, beauty, and significance.

As I mentioned in the sermon on August 25, this text is much more than a few verses to be read at a wedding. While the verses are definitely applicable for a bride and groom starting life together and trying to figure out how to interact with one another, the applicability goes to literally every avenue of life. It is a great way to lead children in parenting. It is a wonderful way to interact with co-workers, family members, and even strangers. It offers a challenging set of ways to demonstrate love to others. Included in it are 16 attributes of love. They are:

Patience
Kindness
Lacking jealousy
Not boastful
Not proud
Not rude
Does not demand its own way
Not irritable
Not resentful
Not rejoice in evil
Rejoices with the truth
Bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all things
Never fails

As you read over this list of qualities of love, wouldn’t you want to be loved this way, by everyone you know? Wouldn’t this be a great place to start to show the love of God to everyone that you know?

During Sunday’s sermon I challenged you to take these 16 characteristics of love and put them at a place where you will see it several times a day. Every time you look at the list, say a brief prayer, asking the Lord to guide you to love your family, friends, and even foes with this type of love.

For me, the first few times I prayed over this list, I was extremely humbled because, as I prayed, the Holy Spirit brought to mind recent times where my attitude and countenance did not reflect these qualities. My prayer for strength turned into a prayer of repentance at the same time and that’s a good thing .

Please join me in daily asking the Holy Spirit to help you live a life of love – today, tomorrow, and every day that God gives you in this life. Never are we more like Christ then when we live a life full of love.

Lovingly,
Pastor Tom