Love one another – part 2

26 09 2013

As well as following the Love One Another series in our Sunday sermons (yes I know I’m a week behind, apologies!), we’re also looking at these commands in our housegroups. I doubt I’ll blog from them every time, but just wanted to share something that struck me this evening.

So we’re looking at loving one another, and what that looks like, and we read a very well known passage, 1 Corinthians 13 vv 1-7:

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Now I love this, it’s so over used in weddings, but that’s not even the sort of love it’s talking about! This is about God’s love for us, but also how we ought to be loving one another. This is what love looks like.

We were encouraged to put “Jesus” in the place of love, which makes for a beautiful reading. Then we were encouraged to put “I am” in the place of “love is” – now that’s hard to read!

So yea, how do we do that? Then we looked at Galatians 5 vv 22-23:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Check that out! There is SO much overlap there with what love is in the first passage! Patience, Kindness, just compare the two sets of verses! All we need is the Holy Spirit, and we will have those things that allow us to love those that are not so easy to love. How fab is that?

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