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1 Corinthians 13- Love Never Fails

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  1 Corinthians 13:8-10

Love never fails! What a powerful statement by Paul with inspiration from the Holy Spirit. How many times in our lives have things failed? Have many times have people failed us? But true Love will never fail, you might say that sounds good but where is the proof. If you want evidence of Love never failing just look at the cross! God demonstrated his love towards us, even when we were still sinners , Christ died for You ! (Romans 5:8)

And even though we may fail Christ, Christ will never fail us! God said “I will never leave or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) God can’t fail you and never will, what a guarantee we can rely upon, Love never fails! As a human it’s hard to even fathom such a perfect love, this kind of love could never exist, right? Well this love exists because it’s the love of God demonstrated through Jesus Christ

Now for those who believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit has ceased, could these be scriptures to support their case? The Apostle Paul says “whether there be prophecies, they shall fail, whether there be tongues, they shall cease ” So what does this all mean? Well let’s keep things in context, we currently live in a fallen world, and even though this fallen world will fail us, God will never fail us! That’s what I believe is the main message!

Now back to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, do we truly believe the Holy Spirit is dead in our lives? The reality is none of us would be saved without the Holy Spirit, you can’t be Born Again without the Holy Spirit. You can’t be drawn to Christ, repent of your sin, or declare Jesus is Lord without the Holy Spirit. So it’s clear the Holy Spirit is still active and working in our lives!

With all that said, I believe the canon of scripture is closed, the 66 books are the inspired Word of God, there is no further revelation needed. However, do I believe we can have a “prophecy” about our personal lives or someone else’s, yes of course we do! So has prophecy ceased, not in a scriptural  sense. Do I believe the speaking of tongues has ceased? I know Born Again Christians who have or spoken in tongues, do I fully understand the purpose, no but I’m not the Holy Spirit.  

The Apostle Paul makes another strong statement “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” I believe Paul is talking about God’s Kingdom when we are in our glorified bodies with The Lord, all things will be perfect. Currently we live in a fallen world, so many things will fail us, however true Love will never fail us, because God is Love in Jesus Christ, Amen!

1 Corinthians 13- Love Is…

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

We established from my earlier post that Love (Agape) is an action not just an emotion or feeling. Now Paul goes into further detail, what is the actions of Love. We got used to reading other English translations of this Chapter, sometimes it’s good to look at another translation like KJV, to get more context. 

Again we see the original Greek word Agape translated as Charity instead of the commonly translated Love, to demonstrate an action. Love is patient has become as popular as any bumper sticker, how about Charity suffereth long. Doesn’t sound as catchy, however gives some deeper context. Patience can be difficult, sometimes even suffering. Do we have the patience of Christ? 

When we see Paul describing Love here, as not envious, not puffed up, not proud, we get the message conveyed here, Love is self sacrificial, that’s a true understanding of Agape. Denying yourself for the greater good, where does that sound familiar? Oh yes that’s the gospel, the Love Christ has demonstrated to us on the cross (Romans 5:8)

And true Love seeks righteousness, rejoices not in iniquity, thinking not of evil, but rejoices in truth. The world has no true understanding of Love by these definitions. The world tells you Love is Love, but rejoices in its own iniquity, the world’s love thinks and celebrates its evil. The world’s love is self seeking and puffed up with pride. Satan’s Love is a false and deceptive Love, it’s not really Love at all, just perception

The Apostle Paul gives us a clear view and definition of what Love is by God’s standards. The world could never know or understand this love without the Holy Spirit, as God is Love. The world offers a false Love that is self worshiping and destructive.

True Love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things!  True Love is only found through our Lord Jesus Christ, who demonstrated His Love for us on the cross, Amen!

1 Corinthians 13- Love or Nothing

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

This Chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, is known as the “Love Chapter”. Now looking at the King James Version, you might say , well the word love doesn’t even appear here, let’s take a look at the original Greek. The Greek word is Agape that is typically translated as love and here in KJV as Charity, so which is right? Well they both are right, as Agape is a very deep and action, not just an emotion.

Here is commentary from gotquestions.org about the word Agape:

The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament. How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. Unlike our English word love, agape is not used in the New Testament to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13.

 It’s believed the KJV translated the word Agape to Charity, to demonstrate that Agape is not just a mere feeling but its a love with action. The English word Love today has become very watered down and cliche. People will tell each other they love them, sometimes just as a greeting. However Agape is a deep sacrificial love, it’s not just words spoken but also with action.

So going back to our scriptures today, I’m going to paraphrase what Paul says here “ Even if I speak with great words from people or angels, if I have no love , I am just creating loud noise” We see and know a lot of Christians who have good intentions preaching on the street or even sharing scriptures on social media, however they come across hostile or aggressive. Therefore nobody is hearing their message, as brother Fred said “We are not the Holy Spirit” , we can’t beat people over the head with the Bible and expect them to become saved. We need to connect with people, not just preach to them. This requires more work, which many don’t want to do.

Agape is an action love, it’s not just saying we love people, it’s actually demonstrating we love people. Just as Paul said “God demonstrated his own love towards us, while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) We can have all the knowledge of the Bible, but if we don’t demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit Love (Galatians 5), it’s all meaningless.

Paul goes on to say, I can have the gift of prophecy, understand all the mysteries and have all knowledge, I can even move mountains, however without love, I am nothing! Think about this! Before we puff ourselves up and pat ourselves on the back, are you doing the will of God? Did you show and demonstrate the grace and mercy that has been given to you by Jesus Christ? Remember we were all lost at one time, don’t be a stumbling block, be a vessel for the Holy Spirit!

Don’t be a noisy gong, connect with people through Love, then share the gospel message with them! Amen!

God Demonstrated Love

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

How do you know someone loves you? Can love be shown without action? Many people who don’t know God would like to paint him as an angry and wrathful God. But when we understand what God, our Heavenly Father, has done for us already. We then understand that God does so love the world that he gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16) to free us from our bondages of sin and death

See even though we were rebellious, unholy, wicked, and disobedient. God granted you grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. Did we deserve grace and mercy? No but God’s love was demonstrated for us on the cross, Jesus tasted death for the punishment of our sins, not his.

There is no greater story of love and mercy than through Jesus Christ. Now don’t be misled, because of sin we still live in a broken world. There will still be pain and suffering. However, we can have peace and hope knowing that through Christ we will overcome death. Because our Lord has risen we will rise also and have eternal life in our Fathers Kingdom.

There is no love without action. Just as a man who loves a woman, demonstrates that love with the covenant of marriage. God has demonstrated his love to us through the covenant of his son Jesus Christ Amen!

Our Savior

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

God has a plan for the world and his name is Jesus. Since the beginning we have all fallen short to the glory of God, we have all become sinners. And the wages of sin equal death, however because God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son to save the world from our sins.

His Hebrew name is Yeshua which means “Salvation of Yahweh) which means God saved us through his son Jesus, who became the sacrificial Lamb to take the punishment for your sins. Through the birth of Jesus Christ, we can have hope and victory, because he has overcome the world

As we celebrate this Christmas Season let’s focus on the reason.  Its not about the presents and cookies, it about the lowly baby in the manger who is the King of the World, our Lord and Savior who is the manifestation of God in the flesh. Holy is his name, he is worthy to be  praised in Jesus Name Amen

Give Thanks

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:18

During Thanksgiving we ponder what we are thankful for, we recognize the blessings that God has given us. But the truth is we should treat every like Thanksgiving. Everyday is a gift from God, nothing should be taken for granted. If you wake up in the morning with breathe in your body, you should be thankful. However we have a tendency to become complacent. We take for granted everything that God has already given us and were not thankful anymore. We need to live each day like it’s a new day with a new beginning. Thank God everyday for your spouse, your children, your family, your job, your home. Don’t take a single blessing for granted.

Remember the victories that God has already won for you in the past, celebrate these and give glory to God. Don’t forget what your Father has already provided for you, because it pleases him to give you more. Most importantly we need to remember that there are many who suffer, your blessings may seem small to you but to others they would give anything to be in your place. Give Thank to God in all your circumstances , good or bad, because we are blessed and victorious in Jesus Name Amen

Happy Thanksgiving

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

Will you enter today with “Thanksgiving” towards God? While we reflect on the things we are thankful for today, let’s remember to Thank our Heavenly Father! This is the day The Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it (Psalm 118:24)

We have so much to be Thankful for a lot of times we overlook the small victories in our life. Let’s first remember that we are here for a purpose, God has a plan for our lives. He made us in his image, breathed life into our bodies. Be Thankful God has put you here to fulfill your destiny!

Thank God for our Lord Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for us all to save us from our sins. We can be Thankful and hopeful today because we have victory through Christ! Our Father showed his grace and mercy towards us because he loves us like a Father

Lets be Thankful for everything God provides for us including our spouses, our children, our family, our home. Everything we have we give Thanks to The Lord, so today Enter his Gates with Thanksgiving because our God is an awesome God in Jesus Name Amen

Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matthew 5:38-39

One of the toughest lessons we learn from Jesus is to love our enemies. It’s difficult when people have wronged us it’s our natural instinct to seek revenge on them. But as Jesus is telling us we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard, take the higher ground. Instead of retaliating just shake it off and hold your peace.

Usually when we engage in the conflict its escalates it even further. As Christians we need to learn to be the peacemakers, to try to defuse a potential explosive situation not add fuel to the fire.

And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:40-42

Most of us, we work hard for the things we have and God rewards us for working hard with honesty and integrity. However we just need to make sure our possessions don’t end up possessing us. If you see someone in need, if its possible help them out. Doesn’t always mean giving them money either, maybe they just need a friend or a ride to work. The little things can sometimes be the biggest blessings to someone

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:46-48

It’s easy to love our family and friends but to love your enemies is a daunting task. Jesus showed us a great example of this when he was crucified on the cross, instead of cursing his enemies he prayed for them and said “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do”

We need to strive to be like Christ, just as Jesus said strive to be perfect just as God is. We know its impossible to be perfect but we can strive for perfection, set the bar high, love your enemies in Jesus Name Amen

No Greater Love

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  John 15:13-14

How do we know if someone truly loves them? Words are nice but your actions will truly show how much you love someone. Jesus showed us the greatest act of love, to lay down his life for us. How can anyone put that deep of love into words?

Its just like a woman sacrificing her body to give birth to her child, is there any greater act of love that a mother could display than this? These sacrifices are acts of love, there is no greater love than this

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

Jesus doesn’t see us as servants, as failures, he calls us his friends. How many people do you personally call your friend? And how many of them would you willingly lay down your life for?

In todays world we use the terms love and friend very loosely, but Jesus takes them very serious. Isn’t great to know you have a friend in Jesus who sacrificed everything for you?

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

What’s even more amazing is Jesus comes to us, we don’t have to travel great distants or go thru great lengths to get to Jesus, he is with us. He sent us the Holy Spirit after his ascension to guide and comfort us.

Remember the story of Disciples, after Jesus died on the cross, Peter denied Jesus and thought he left him forever. But after Jesus rose from the dead, he went to visit Peter on the shore. Jesus came looking for Peter, just as he looks for us also.

This is my command: Love each other. John 15:17

Jesus has taught us what it truly means to love, now let’s follow his commandment to Love each other just as Christ loves us. When the world lets you down, remember what Jesus has already done for you, there is no great love in Jesus Name Amen.

His Love Endures Forever

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalms 100:5

Being a parent, we all have times when our children are being disobedient and disobeying our commands. Although we become angry at first, we quickly forgive because we love our children and our love endures forever for them.

This is the same with our Heavenly Father, there are many times we disobey his commands and probably sometimes we might even anger him, but his promise and love endures forever. We are his children and he loves us that much.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 1 Peter 1:3-4

Gods love and mercy was displayed by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. A love that is so great it could never be matched. And this love will endure forever as you are washed by the Blood of The Lamb. We love God because he loved us first. His covenant will endure forever.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

Many times when our children have done something wrong they will try to hide or hide it from us, for fear we won’t understand what they did. When in fact we usually know what they did before they even did it.

This is the same with God, many are afraid to approach him with there sin or think how could God ever understand me. The fact is Jesus was God in the Flesh, he knows the trials and temptations of being human.. He knows exactly who you are and how it feels to be you. So just like a parent, don’t be afraid to approach him for his love and mercy does endure forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

So give thanks to God everyday for his love and mercy endures forever. And apply this to your everyday life, learn to love and forgive just as God loves and forgives you in Jesus Name Amen