Corinthians 13 is known for being the “Love Chapter” and is quoted often in many weddings, mine included. But are we Truly Honoring what the Scriptures speak of, and are we really grasping the meaning.
For the first time, I actually “heard it” with such clarity, that it has troubled my spirit.
I sure hope I am not alone in this, because if you search your heart, I can guarantee, you will find yourself guilty as well. We must put pride aside and let our Hearts be stirred up, with the truth we are hiding behind.
We must confess it, repent and turn away from it and seek God’s Forgiveness, and come out changed for the Glory of God.
Lets start off with patient and kind
I’d Love to tell you that I’m both of these, ALL the time, but that would not be true. I try my best to kind to everyone, regardless if we have different opinions and beliefs or, because I can’t find it within me, to be flat-out rude to anyone.
But take for instance you have someone who is belittling you, downgrading you, or cussing you….Are you kind in return to them, or do you find yourself wanting to lash out in return, as they have done to you?
Jesus didn’t lash out. Even while he hung on the Cross, he still showed kindness. Also here lately, I’ve been finding my patience is running thin, and then I look at how much patience, Jesus has shown to ME over and over again.
I have tried to put the blame off on all the Med’s, my Specialists have me on, but when I search to the heart of the matter, it’s all ME.
Envy, I suppose I don’t have to look to hard here either
It seems that others have things come to them so naturally, when I have to work extra hard, to be in the same place. I’m not necessarily meaning materialistic things.
Take my job for instance. With my Graves’ Disease, it affects my Memory severely. I work with computer programs, input meds, etc…and I can take a patient to a room, the Dr can ask me who they are in the hall, and I draw a complete blank.
Talking about feeling clueless
Now lets discuss boasting
I’m a Phlebotomist at on Oncology Office, and their veins are extremely difficult to get due to Chemotherapy. I have many that request me, and talking about inflating your ego, but then, when you get that one vein you miss, you’ll get that chip off your shoulder real quick, and your boasting and bragging nosedives.
No I don’t say hey girls look at me, look at what I did, and you couldn’t, but in my heart and mind I’m thinking it, which is just as bad.
I don’t see myself as being arrogant or rude
If I am Lord, Please make it known to me.
Insisting in my own way, resentful?
I am very OCD about things, so Yes, this one cuts deep. I find many things that aren’t fair. If you condone things, for one individual, and not for everyone else, that’s very wrong, and I find myself, being resentful about that. What’s fair for one, should be fair for all and vice versa.
Rejoicing at wrongdoing?
I wish I could say No, but I am so guilty. If I know I’m right about something, and another tells me I’m not, then later, they indeed find out, I was correct all along, I find myself smiling and saying, see I tried telling you so, and I was right, but you wouldn’t listen to me!
Shame on me!!!!
Friends, Jesus’s ministry was ALL about LOVE!
He displayed it time and time again….Showing Patience and Kindness, he wasn’t Envious or Boastful, he wasn’t Arrogant or Rude, he sure didn’t insist in his own way, but over and over he stated he was doing the will of the Father, he wasn’t Irritable or Resentful.
He didn’t Rejoice at Wrongdoing but was all about Truth.
We are all given spiritual gifts by our Heavenly Father. We can have all the gifts God wants to bestow on us, but if we lack Love, which is the whole concept of this Chapter in Corinthians….
We have NOTHING!
As my Pastor graciously stated it, you can have 5 spiritual gifts -1 Love and have 0 advancement for God’s Glory.
This was an eye-opening sermon for me, and it has changed my motivation, and how I see and want to do things. We need to be more Cautious in our thinking, and what words proceeds out of our mouths.
As I’ve stated before, I want complete honesty on my page, even if that means I have to swallow a big Ole piece of humble pie to get it across.
If my Honesty and Transparency makes just one individual search their Heart and want to bring about change, then it will be so worth it in the end.
Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast. It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.