Monday, June 12, 2017

1 Corinthians For the Church Body

1 Corinthians 13 for the Church Body
By: Kristin Eason

Though I teach Sunday School, sing in the church choir, and lead a Bible study, but have not love, I am offensive to those around me.

Though I daily read and study God’s Word, am well grounded in sound doctrine, know Greek and Hebrew, and have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Though I deliver meals to shut-ins, write cards of encouragement, and give money to those in need, and though I sacrifice myself to the point of death, but have not love, I profit nothing.

Love is long suffering and kind- It doesn’t keep track of times they were hurt or overlooked. It doesn’t speak ill of someone’s faults as soon as they get in the car or behind closed doors.

Love does not envy someone’s land, house, children, spouse, spiritual maturity, friendships, vacations, garden, decorating, car, outfit, or physical appearance.

Love does not parade itself, but considers other’s better than themselves.

Love doesn’t try to outdo one another in fashion, ministry, social status, or academics.

Love does not make constant comparisons to see who has the most, the best, or the latest.

Love is content to be last and see other’s succeed and prosper. Love does not have to be in the spotlight, but desires to see other’s shine.

Love is not puffed up when they hear a brother or sister get praised by others, excel in their spiritual gifts, or has lost 20 lbs.

Love is not rude or easily provoked when they are excluded, ignored, overlooked, or disregarded.

Love thinks the best of others and chooses to dwell on the good in someone instead of counting flaws and imperfections.

Love doesn’t jump to conclusions or try to read between the lines.

Love doesn’t secretly rejoice to see a brother fall because it makes you feel more spiritual.

Love sees his brother and sister as part of the Body of Christ and not as competition.

Love sees his brothers and sisters in Christ, not as they are, but as they can be and will be in Christ.

Love prays for his brothers and sisters in Christ- faithfully and fervently.

Loves believes in the potential of his brother or sister and dismisses any thought of bitterness or envy at once. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Love patiently puts up with the faults of others without questioning their salvation because they don’t share the same personal convictions that you do.

Love endures all trials, tests, and tribulations.

Love endures harsh words spoken in ignorance, being mistreated, insulted, forgotten, and ridiculed without feeling the need to defend yourself.

Love never fails.

And now abide faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.

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