1 Corinthians 13
The Message (MSG)
The Way of Love
13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
So we talked about finding seeds, receiving seeds and giving seeds to others, but what about the seed that is in you? Remember that day when someone asked you if you knew Jesus? Then that moment when everything just seemed to make sense about love and God? Ah Ha! That moment the seed took root! That happy moment when you just knew beyond the shadow of doubt everything was going to be okay. For me I was 6 and attending a vacation Bible school with my neighbors. I can see it in my mind as if it was yesterday. The day I took the seed from the man who was calling us to invite Jesus into our hearts, oh what a happy day!
So what did I do with that seed? I began to go to church wherever I could. I began to get to know God and what He was all about. I even convinced a few friends here and there to meet my Jesus and as I got older I kinda just set that seed aside while I tried life on my own. All along I knew God. I knew what He did for me. I knew that He was my provider. I knew He loved me enough to let me go and do my own thing for awhile. Here I am years later, divorced and remarried and I still know all those things about God. So how did I do on my own? Eh…it was like playing the lottery..you win and your happy so you don’t need any help but when you are losing and broke you cry out to God for help of any kind.
What have I learned in those lost years? That God is a restore of all things. Even if we make wrong choices we can be led right back to God and His ways of providing for us. I finally learned not too long ago how to rest in Him. If things are already planned out like it says in Jeremiah 29:11 then we just have to wait on God to direct our paths. We need to be still and quiet to hear His still small voice. Once we hear that voice we are off to the races! We begin to pursue thos things which God gave to us. As for me, I am at a crossroads per say. I want to move forward with my books and begin sharing the Good News by public speaking, yet I am waiting on God’s timing. All I can say my friends is know, rest and pursue. These are the three things to a successful life!