Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Let’s do a quick check on the kind of person that you are:
If you walked into the kitchen to cook a meal, are you the kind of person that will really just face your business? Does the cleanliness of the environment really matter? Isn’t it really just about getting the food ready as fast as you can and not really about how many things you literally walked over or dumped in the sink while getting that done?
Or are you the kind of person that is not just into the what, but into the how? You would have the tap running almost the entire cooking time, washing up everything on the go. Every knife you use in the process- even if it’s to open a pack- goes straight to the sink for an immediate scrub (or wash); after using your fingers to sprinkle some salt in the food, you walk over to the tap to soak your hands (okay, maybe rinse actually), and so on…
You probably can place yourself and a few people you know into either category.
When you think about living a life of love as a Christian, which category does it sound like to you?
Does it sound like people just going about their stuff, ignoring or putting aside everything contrary to who they are; walking through strong until they come out on the other end?
I really don’t think that’s what a Christian’s love walk would be like in this day and age.
I think a love walk is about the cleaning up on the go. It’s going to look like a constant turning on of the tap to wash every little dirt away.
Not only do we live in a world that is so full of hate and offence, evil and everything contrary to love, we also live among people that are so filled with the tendency to offend us and act contrary to love in some way or the other- not only in the big things, but even in the small details too. We can’t ignore them.
We’ve got to keep the tap running. Keeping the tap running sounds like being restored to the ideal again and again.
From our reading today, this is the ideal:
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NKJV
Lets be honest, we are here so often:
I sometimes don’t suffer long and I’m sometimes not kind; I sometimes envy; I sometimes parade myself, I’m sometimes puffed up; sometimes behave rudely, sometimes seek my own, I get provoked, I think some evil; sometimes rejoice in iniquity, don’t always rejoice in the truth; don’t bear all things, don’t believe all things, don’t hope all things, and I don’t endure all things.
We need the courage to go again and again for a renewal to the ideal.
The scripture doesn’t merely introduce love as a set of human-forced actions. It introduces love as God himself, perfectly revealed in Jesus, and then the expression we now live out because we have encountered Jesus.
The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 CEB
Walking in love for a Christian is not merely striving to keep to a list of actions on a list- it is experiencing Jesus in a deeper way and then giving expression to that experience. Keeping the tap running feels like staying fresh within the awareness and experience of His love for us. We can’t be so busy trying to answer and resolve all the love questions in the world in ourselves. We need to be running to the tap.
As we wait on God today, let’s make it a moment of positioning our hearts to reflect on His love for us, and like a running tap, let that revelation purify us of all the offence and contrariness that might be hiding anywhere on your heart.
Something To Pray
Would you pray today that despite all the offence in the world, your heart will stay fresh in a revelation of God’s love, and not harbours offence and everything contrary to love.