I am sitting here listening to Avalon’s ” Hymns and Faith” cd.
I never have really listened to hymns, growing up Catholic, but they are so powerful,
and full of such cheesecake heavy goodness:)
For the past few months I have been doing two bible studies.
Before I go on though, I want to mention that yesterday’s post,
it was literally just written ” As is” there was no real thought of what I would say,
but just to write. So with that said, know that I am at a very intimate part of faith now.
I was telling a friend a little bit ago, that the people that have been apart of my life,
I love so much more now since coming out of the darkness and wilderness I was in.
Those who are teachers in my life, I have such a greater love for the faith I see in them.
God as you know by my scripture memory verse has put 1 Corinthians around me everywhere I look,
I am actually surprised it hasn’t been written on the walls by His hand alone:)
Something I have come to understand about 1 Corinthians, is that while it is the ” Love” chapters…
it isn’t really about the love between a husband and a wife, it goes deeply beyond that.
LIVING FOR LOVE
“If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. “( 1 Corinthians 13:1)
What this verse is saying here is that without our love for God, without intimately really giving of our lives to Him, without giving Him our heart, we can shout and we can play music, but it will never be effective in our lives or anyone’s because it is not spoken and done from a heart full of love for God.
We are nothing unless we love Him, and not just say it, but let it pour off of us in how we live our lives.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”(1 Corinthians 13:2)
Anyone can say they have a ” word” for you, they can be so very wise with the highest of degrees,
but if they aren’t sharing it without having the depth of knowledge that only Christ can give,
and in the knowledge it can only be created within us by love, than we will just speak a lot of empty words.
“If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. ”
(1 Corinthians 13:3)
Living our lives in vain. Plain and simple that is what this verse is conveying. You can be a millionaire, or someone who is better off in life then someonelse, or you can be someone who saved someone from a burning building or a situation in life…good works DO NOT cut it.
You can be a wonderful person, nice to everyone you meet, and still not have a clue of what it is to really love, because TO love, we have to know how to love God, and KNOW that He loves us. How can we love others, and believe their love, if we don’t believe God loves us?
“Love is patient
Love is kind
Love does not envy
Love does not boast
Love is not proud
Love is not rude
Love is not self-seeking
Love is not easily angered
Love keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil
Love rejoices with truth
Love always protects
Love always hopes
Love always trusts
Love always perseveres
Love never fails.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
We could go through and break apart each of these meanings of love, but I think they are pretty self-explanatory, we just have to believe in them. BELIEVE His promises, and promise to BELIEVE.
LOVE IS PROMISED
“But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. “(1 Corinthians 13:8)
There you have it, it says right here in scripture that GOD will silence and still anything not done or spoken in love. Its not a maybe either. It says, ” THEY WILL” so He is serious!
BREATHE FOR LOVE
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.”
(1 Corinthians 13:9-10)
This verse caught my eye and almost brought me to tears, because again here is promise from God by His love for us.
We don’t know everything, because plainly, we arent’ supposed to. God will let us in on His plan when we’re READY, and its not when we THINK we are ready either, it is when GOD sees we are ready.
There may be more things to take on in our lives before God shows us loud and clear what the next step is, but taking that deep breath and just doing the thing, it gets us closer to it. We let Him be in control.
He knows we are imperfect, He was there for it. He promises us that we will be like Him in the end.
Not right now.
REACH FOR LOVE
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”(1 Corinthians 13:11)
I reaffirmed my baptism a few weeks ago, and this verse was almost spoken aloud to me, if I hadn’t seen it in the Bible, I think He would have spoken it audibly. I feel it in my bones.
He wanted me to know that I am not a young Christian anymore like I was when I was first baptized, I know WHY I believe as I do, and there is no color print to it, it is BLACK AND WHITE.
I was listening to ” Believing God” today, and Beth Moore was speaking on Joshua 4, about the stones.
“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”( Joshua 4:6-7)
I have a story to tell at 28 yrs old, and my story is still going; and its important to reach love in such a way that we “remember who we were before we were called.”
We all have our stones, we have all had some major life obstacles regardless of how much or how many times. We all have a story.
I am reaching for the deeper things of God, and He is letting me.
But I had to have my stones first.
I had to have my hardships in life.
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. “(1 Corinthians 13:12)
This was a verse also spoken to me not just by reading the Word, but listening to a study that spoke about Moses and the burning bush.
Moses entire life changed when God was ready for it too. My study said Moses was about 80yrs old at this time.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. “(Exodus 3:5-6)
What caught me about this part was how Moses hid his face from God, because he was afraid to look at God.
He wasn’t happy with the reflection his face had, but God said this.
The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:7-10)
“But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
God was speaking to this imperfect man who was afraid to show his face, that he would be the one to help deliver Egypt. God wasn’t concerned with Moses imperfection. He chose him for the job, and so that was all that mattered. He was going to equip him to reflect God to the people.
And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” (Exodus 3:12)
I am sure Moses was trembling from every part of his body in fear, and doubt.
” Why me?” moment had to have settled in.
God saw Moses grow and mature, and he saw his times of difficulty and times of sin, but the reflection God saw that day was someone he would use, someone he KNEW would help His people out of Egypt.
The poor reflection we have will be the one where we no longer see ourselves in the mirror,
but a child of Christ. Humble and ready to move with God.
REMAIN IN LOVE
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Moses soon forgot about his imperfections and went on a major journey for God,
Love is what led the people out of Egypt.
And love is what will always deliver us.
So in conclusion here are the points to remember:)
1. LIVING FOR LOVE (1 Corinthians 13:1)
2. KNOWING LOVE(1 Corinthians 13:2)
3. GRACEFULLY LOVE( 1 Corinthians 13:3)
4. BELIEVE LOVE(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
5. LOVE IS PROMISED(1 Corinthians 13:8)
6. BREATHE LOVE(1 Corinthians 13:9-10)
7. REACH FOR LOVE(1 Corinthians 13:11)
8. REFLECT LOVE(1 Corinthians 13:12)
9. REMAIN IN LOVE( 1 Corinthians 13:3)
Its not about us, our talents, are hopes and desires….love can only be lived through us by God,
we must stop trying to take on life on our own, and only giving a limited love to others, because that is all we have without God, a limited love…but if we fully live for God, and shower love on people and love Him with everything we are…
than love is LIMITLESS:)