Friday Followings: A More Excellent Way

A More Excellent Way
 
Over these past four weeks in worship we’ve been centered on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Written to a church he loves, he urges them to heal their divisions and to work for unity. He reminds them that they all belong to Christ, and that God has given each of them gifts to uplift and serve one another, with no gift being more important than the other. Unity is found in Christ, the one Lord and the one foundation to life and faith.
 
This weekend we conclude that series with a focus on 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Often read at weddings, this chapter describes “a more excellent way to live” (12:31). It is the way of love. Knowing how much God loves us, we are empowered to love God and one another. At the heart of all that God has gifted us with, our talents, our interests, our gifts and our personalities, is to be love. If we have the gifts of prophecy, and faith, and generosity, but do not have love, Paul says, then our gifts are being wasted. Love is central.
 
In preparation for worship this weekend please read 1 Corinthians 13. It is such a beautifully written description of Agape love. And it becomes even more beautiful as it is lived out among us. Our unity with one another is finally found in the love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ. Even though we may not get it perfect this side of eternity (now we see dimly, then face to face) we are the ones who have been redeemed and forgiven by the blood of the cross. And as recipients of God’s love we are given new life, striving for the more excellent way of love for one another.
 
See you in worship,
 
Pastor Tim