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Follow the Way of Love

But now faith, hope and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

 

In Children’s Church we spent a couple of weeks during February learning about love as defined by 1 Corinthians 13.  The kids learned a song that helped them learn verses 4-8. The song’s ending used these words: “follow the way of love”.  Living a life of love should not end once February is over.  1 John 4:7-9 tells us that love comes from God and if we don’t love, we don’t know God. So, what is love?  To know what love is, we have to know the right ingredients.  If we set out to make some brownies, but use ketchup, mustard and rice; we are in for a disaster.  We don’t have the right ingredients.  God is the greatest example of love. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). We must look to His example and know the right ingredients. 

 

The definition of love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

Challenge yourself today to examine your life against these words.  We should love our spouse, our kids and our parents.  We should love others (John 13:34) and yes, love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).  Look in the mirror.  Do you see the ingredients of 1 Corinthians 13? 

 

Follow the way of love.

 

Pastor Julia Scott

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