Monday, March 23, 2020

In their own words: Day 27

1 Corinthians 13.1-9

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This famous passage is at the heart of Paul’s message to the feuding, fractious church in Corinth. It doesn’t matter how clever they think they are or what amazing supernatural phenomena are being displayed in worship. If they don’t love each other – in the small, nitty gritty things of life - none of that amounts to a hill of beans! He knows what it is to be loved and accepted, as he was by the Christians in Damascus.  It transformed him, as it can transform them.

·         Can you think of anyone whose love has transformed you? Who could you show love to today?

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