What I read today
Exodus 7-8; Psalm 29; Isaiah 29; Mark 1; 1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13 verses 4 through 7 – “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.”
1 Corinthians 13 verse 13 – “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
We live in a world of mistrust and anger. We see it every day. Everyone’s motives are questioned. No one gets the benefit of the doubt. Divorce is on the rise. Our politics are a disaster. People say some of the vilest and evil things to one another on social media. Our society struggles with racism. Earlier this year many of us were stunned at the sexual harassment scandals that rocked Hollywood and Washington DC. Even in our churches, which are supposed to be beacons of love and hope, we are split between conservative and liberal and between baptist and Methodist and numerous other denominations.
Pauls message telling us what to do is simple. Love!
When we’re upset, Love!
When we’re hurt, Love!
When we’ve been wronged, Love!
When we are faced with anger, Love!
Love overcomes hate!
Love as Jesus loved each one of us. He loved us so much that he gave his own life so that each one of us could spend eternity with him. He loved the unlovable. He loved the ones who attacked him. He asked the father to forgive the very ones who crucified and scourged him. He loved you and me.
We need God’s love and grace now more than ever.