Monday, February 27, 2017

LOVE NEVER FAILS

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 12-13

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In the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth many artifacts were on display. This is the Marble head of Dionysos, 2nd century A.D.

In the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth many artifacts are on display. This is the Marble head of Dionysos, 2nd century A.D.

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Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:31

But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

 

The “MORE EXCELLENT WAY” is LOVE! From 13:1 to 14:1 “LOVE” is found 10 times. It is appropriate that both chapters, 12 & 13, are included in today’s reading, for they are usually read in exclusion, one from the other, and sadly also in opposition, one to the other. We should make sure that we do not stress the gifts of chapter 12 while failing to emphasize the love of chapter 13, or stressing the love of chapter 13 and ignoring the gifts of chapter 12. God has given the gifts of the Spirit to His people, and He expects them to be used to show love to one another. God’s love manifested through us is also only possible through the work of the Holy Spirit. A gift is not an indication of spiritual maturity, but love; a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is an indication of the growth in Christ of the believer. We give gifts to our children, not because of their conduct, but because we love them. If we based our gifts on good behaviour, our children would earn them and, therefore, they would not be gifts. The Corinthians did not exhibit the best behaviour, but God still gave them gifts. Let us “desire spiritual gifts” (14:1), and use these gifts in “A MORE EXCELLENT WAY,” exhibiting the LOVE described in chapter 13!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I recognize that Your character is described in chapter 13. Live and love through me, Lord Jesus, I pray. Thank You for the gifts You give to build up Your Church, to exhort me to seek the good of others, and to comfort others. I gladly receive and desire to exercise all these gifts. In Your Name, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Before I became an ordained minister, I taught public school. I was so impressed with 1 Corinthians 13 that I required my students to memorize all 13 verses. I had read that many scholars considered the King James translation of these words to be the most beautiful in the entire English language. Of course they were written originally in Greek and translated by those assigned the task by King James during the first years of the 1600’s. I see chapters 12 to 14 as a sandwich in which 13 is the meat and 12 & 14 are two slices of bread above and below the meat. To be well-nourished spiritually, we need to eat the whole sandwich. As a child during our meal, I remember leaving the table, riding my little scooter into the living room and depositing my crusts behind the couch. That practise ended abruptly when the remnants of the bread were discovered. I must confess that I went through a period in my Christian life when I did not want to partake of what may have seemed like the bread crusts of the gifts of the Spirit, particularly the speaking gifts of tongues and interpretation of tongues. One of my theological professors gave the interpretation to a message in tongues, and the thoughts that came immediately to me were the same as his words. After the church service concluded, the teacher, Rev. Gordon Atter, came to me and reprimanded me. He said, “David, God gave you that interpretation and you disobeyed God in not giving it. Because you failed, I had to give it for the proper exercise of this gift in a public meeting.” As far as I know, I’ve not made that mistake since.

Yours for yielding to the love of Father God, shown in the life of Jesus Christ, and implemented by the Holy Spirit,

David

Statue of the god Serapis found in ancient Corinth. There were two precincts dedicated to this god on the Akrokorinth (the Acropolis) of the city. Serapis was worshiped throughout the Mediterranean basin; his worship seemed to transcend ethnic boundaries and earned him reverence in the Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures.

Statue of the god Serapis found in ancient Corinth. There were two precincts dedicated to this god on the Akrokorinth (the Acropolis) of the city. Serapis was worshiped throughout the Mediterranean basin; his worship seemed to transcend ethnic boundaries and earned him reverence in the Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures.

A Christian artifact from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth.

A Christian artifact from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth.

11 thoughts on “Monday, February 27, 2017

  1. I read about the interpretation of tongues in one of David’s books. He mentions it in today’s blog. I always wondered how Rev Atter (or anyone) would know that a person had the interpretation. Do they glow?! Anyway, I really don’t understand how someone would know that a person had the interpretation and did not give it. Nice bright day today. I pray that all who have been facing challenges just now will be strengthened and blessed greatly by God.

  2. David,Your story about the bread crusts made me laugh out loud! And speaking of the gift of tongues, I used to be afraid of them, and of all things charismatic. But in my heart I always knew the miracles and gifts were still for today and so I sought out charismatic churches because I needed the help of those gifts in my trauma-filled life. One day, I went up to receive prayer, and the counselor began to pray for me in tongues. Fearfully, I silently begged God, “If this is from you please let her interpret!” Immediately she began praying a line in tongues, and then a line in English, and what she prayed were things I hadn’t told her. They were things I needed desperately, things only God knew. I was so amazed and grateful to God!

  3. In answer to your question Doreen, I would say that Rev. Atter had been given the gift of knowledge. I can picture you hiding the crusts David and it makes me LOL. At one time I also said I did not want to speak in tongues as I didn’t like all the commotion surrounding it so the Lord knew that and when I received I kneeled down quietly at the altar and received without anyone laying hands or praying for me. How the Lord respects our desires. The sun is shining brightly here in the Maritimes and the snow is melting slowly. Like the posting of 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 together Pastor David. Blessings!

  4. I Praise God for His Great Love for each of His children! He knows exactly what will draw us to Himself. I received the infilling of the Holy Spirit at the same time as I asked Jesus to come into my heart. Praise God!! I believe I would probably have drifted away without the Power of the Holy Spirit and the evidence of speaking in an unknown language. GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!
    HE LOVES US WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE!!!

  5. YES, Pastor David as you have stated: “THE GREATEST OF THESE IS “LOVE”!!! AMEN and AMEN!!! And we do need to partake of the whole sandwich to be nourished!!!

  6. This one isn’t as good to start then good to end.
    If you are not prolife and don’t vote conservative I consider you as a fool for Christ.

    1 Corinthians 4:10 King James Version (KJV)
    10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

    Doctors should be prosecuted for performing abortions. That’s it.

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