The One Message We Do Not Want To Give! by E. Davenport January 31, 2012
With all the praying I do, with all the preaching I hear, with all of the good works, with all of the faith…1 Corinthians has bitten me far too often!
Father God, I repent…for today in the most stressful circumstances…I failed You. No, I didn’t blow up, I didn’t act badly, I thought badly in my heart. No, it was not about hurting anyone; yet when I thought less of people who had a chip on their shoulder’s or people who were under stress or people who do no0t understand You…ir judged them…I failed. Give me another opportunity to make it right. I put my whole trust in You in the Authority and Love and image of Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen
I am admitting it. Here it is:
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have 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 does not dishonor others, 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.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We cannot ever afford to miss an opportunity to love…or show compassion…lest we hinder people and leave them blind. Next time, I will not miss it!
You see…the world expects the Christians to miss it. They see us as hypocrites! We talk the talk but too often we don’t walk the walk! One of the thing that hurts us as a group is that there are a lot of “nice and good people who DO NOT go to church and there are a lot of not so nice and “sometimes” bad people who DO GO to church. So this challenge has t be included in our prayers! Please…
My dear friend Valerie Hutchinson has a ministry focused on Love and she teaches it to the Body of Believers! That’s an on time message!
The one message that we do not want to give is that our love IS NOT unconditional!
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