Taken from the intimation sheet: 23 February 2014
2000 years ago, another Paul reminded the Corinthian Church of the beauty and priority of love with these words:
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-7)
If we’re Christians, then we can’t claim we’ve not known this love Paul speaks of, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13) No matter what happens to us; no matter what we face, or how we feel, nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom 8). And so we are called, mindful of the love that we have received, to love others. What does this life of love look like?
Maybe one or two of Paul Tripp’s statements below will leap out at you and offer you not only food for thought, but cause for prayer and action this week:
What is Love? (by Paul David Tripp)
13. LOVE IS… being willing to always ask for forgiveness and always being committed to grant forgiveness when it is requested.
14. LOVE IS… recognizing the high value of trust in a relationship and being faithful to your promises and true to your word.
15. LOVE IS… speaking kindly and gently, even in moments of disagreement, refusing to attack the other person’s character or assault their intelligence.
16. LOVE IS… being unwilling to flatter, lie, manipulate, or deceive in any way in order to co-opt the other person into giving you what you want or doing something your way.
17. LOVE IS… being unwilling to ask another person to be the source of your identity, meaning, and purpose, or inner sense of well-being, while refusing to be the source of theirs.
18. LOVE IS… the willingness to have less free time, less sleep, and a busier schedule in order to be faithful to what God has called you to be and to do as a spouse, parent, neighbour, etc.
19. LOVE IS… a commitment to say no to selfish instincts and to do everything that is within your ability to promote real unity, functional understanding, and active love in your relationships.
20. LOVE IS… staying faithful to your commitment to treat another with appreciation, respect, and grace, even in moments when the other person doesn’t seem deserving or is unwilling to reciprocate.
21. LOVE IS… the willingness to make regular and costly sacrifices for the sake of a relationship without asking for anything in return or using your sacrifices to place the other person in your debt.
22. LOVE IS… being unwilling to make any personal decision or choice that would harm a relationship, hurt the other person, or weaken the bond of trust between you.
23. LOVE IS… refusing to be self-focused or demanding, but instead looking for specific ways to serve, support, and encourage, even when you are busy or tired.
24. LOVE IS… daily admitting to yourself, the other person, and God that you are unable to be driven by a cruciform love without God’s protecting, providing, forgiving, rescuing, and delivering grace.
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Yours in His service