I Corinthians 13:13 – The Greatest of These is Love

One of my favorite verses, and probably the most misunderstood verse in the Bible is from 1 Corinthians 13:13. “Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.”

People are confused about love. They don’t fully understand it and will profess love without giving it a thought. And they toss away that perceived love as soon as something better looking in their eyes comes along. Love is usually attributed to physical attraction and romance. But this is not the kind of love God is speaking about in 1 Corinthians 13, often called the love chapter.

Love is an action word. Love involves serving others and loving even those who seem to be unlovable. Loving our enemies, loving those who hurt us, loving our neighbors. Love is eternal.

God’s words tell us that faith is the foundation, hope is the attitude, and love is the action. Only when faith and hope are in line does one understand what God means by love. In this chapter God talks about spiritual gifts, but says love is the greatest. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.”

In a message from the pulpit one Sunday,┬ámy Pastor┬ásaid: “Words without love are insincere; faith without love is hostility, and sacrifice without love is manipulation.” This helped me understand what love should be and what it shouldn’t be.

It is my desire to love as God loves us. He sent Jesus to teach us the meaning of love. And so I want to look at this scripture not just as words, but as a goal to achieve.

Blessings,


Galations 5:22 Fruit of the Spirit

The verse for this week comes from Galations 5:22. “…the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

We discussed this in our Sunday School class yesterday. There is also a list of the bad fruits, but if one remembers the good fruits of the spirit and practices these there will be no room for bad fruit to grow.

May your week be filled with God’s blessings!


Let There Be Music!!

Morning Cup of TeaI love music. It lifts my spirits and though I can’t sing on key I love to sing out loud when there is no one to hear me. I am brought to tears when I sing certain hymns. They just touch my soul and make me feel like I’m looking at God and praising Him.

So this morning, I had a bit of nostalgia hit me. I realized my cats respond to anything I say. When I speak all three come running and settle around me.

Homes aren’t meant to be silent. Nor are people. Yet, when one lives alone, silence becomes normal. I miss my hubby being here and the conversations we used to have. We could talk about anything. We were truly the best of friends. And we could sit together comfortably in silence, too.

Our days used to begin with him turning on the television as soon as he woke up. It played from sunup until the wee hours of the morning. He only slept about four hours every night, but he’d take a nice, long nap during the afternoon. There was the constant sound of his oxygen machine running, and at least three times a day, the nebulizer would run while he either read the paper, or the Bible.

There was always sound in the house. When he went to live in heaven, he took the sounds with him. Now there is the occasional sound of the furnace or air conditioner. The squeak of the stairs or upper floor when I walk. But even the cats are silent unless I speak. Then they come running. They will meow at me in their way of encouraging a conversation. I know they miss this. As do I.

So, today I turned on the radio and left it running while I was at work. It is still playing. At least they get to hear the music and the sound of the DJ’s voices. I can hear the praise music as I sit here in my office and write this blog and sip my cup of tea.

When I talk to someone on the phone, my cats gather close and rub against me and meow. They think I’m talking to them. I’ve just never paid this much attention until, as I said, I missed having someone to talk to this morning.

So I am going to pay more attention to my cats starting now. I lift my cup of tea to bid you farewell for now so I can go upstairs and just talk to my pets. I think I’ll start reading my Bible out loud, too. Satan will hate that!

My friends, I bid you a pleasant good afternoon. May God bless you and keep you.

By the way, just in case you didn’t know, whatever cup I drink from is the one showing on the cup of tea blog I’m writing!

Blessings,


 

 

Exodus 23:20

My scripture verse of the week is Exodus 23:20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”

More of the scripture follows::

“Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose who oppose you.”

These are the words God spoke to the Israelites as they were receiving instruction after their release from Egypt and just before the covenant was confirmed and instructions given to Moses for the building of the tabernacle.


Let’s Study Joseph’s Story in Genesis

Our next chapters to read for the next two weeks are Genesis 37-50.

These chapters are rich in history and the story that unfolds is one you will never forget. Please take time to read, reflect and study what God is revealing to you in the scriptures.

What is the source of Joseph’s brothers bad feelings about him?

Is Joseph treated any differently than most babies of the family by his parents?

Describe the progression of Joseph’s brothers feelings toward him.

What does Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife and his imprisonment tell us about his character?

What tax rate did Joseph recommend?

To what position was Joseph promoted?

How did Joseph’s sons tell us where his heart is?

Why do you suppose Joseph’s brothers didn’t recognize him?

What human experiences (we all experience) did Jacob reveal when he learned of his sons’ encounter in Egypt?

What is the significance of Chapter 43 verse 23?

What was Joseph’s purpose in devising the plot outlined in Chapter 44?

What qualities of Joseph are revealed in his response to Judah’s plea?

In what ways are Joseph and Christ comparable?

Why do you think Egypt was part of God’s plan for His people?

(questions from christviewchristian.org)