The Greatest of These
Although I was not a fan myself, I had the privilege of growing up with a family of Mississippi State fans. If you are a football fan, you know this means that I was introduced to the dreaded cowbell at a young age. I remember going to games with my brother and trying to talk about what was happening only to be drowned out by the clanging sounds of all these cowbells. It is with this thought I want us to take a look at 1 Corinthians 13. It talks about those who speak in tongues of men and of angels but lack love are nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Now I don’t think the cowbell was necessarily in mind here, nor am I saying that those who ring cowbells lack love (even though some opposing fans might disagree). But I have this picture in my head that when we try to communicate what we believe is right or true, but don’t love the person we are speaking to then our message is received in the same way as if we were clanging a cowbell in their face.
So what is love? Well, a quick survey of 1 Corinthians 13 gives evidence of what love looks like. Love is listening to other people’s views instead of just promoting your own. Love isn’t getting irritable, but rather being kind and patient. Love seeks out the truth and endures through difficult times. So the question is, are you loving your brothers and sisters well? Do these characteristics resonate in your relationships?
Our church has been praying for unity as we go through this transition and we have big decisions to make. And with these decisions, a lot of well-intentioned people will have a lot of different opinions about what is best. So how do we maintain unity know-ing this is going to happen? Make sure we are loving our brothers and sisters in every conversation. In eve-ry discussion, make sure we are listening to others and showing value to what they think will help our church bring people to Christ. Make sure we are being patient and kind and seeking what God wants in every situation. If love is present, we can have unity even in the midst of disagreement. If love isn’t present, then instead of talking you might as well be ringing a cow-bell in the person’s face. Instead of understanding your heart, they will just walk away feeling like they aren’t cared for.
So church, let’s pray and seek God and commit to loving each other well in this season and in all seasons. Love is a healing thing and if we love like Jesus He will bring the unity we desire in our church.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,