Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Walking in love

December 2, 2008

1 Corinthians 13:1 WEB
1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Have you ever heard a cymbal clanging over and over again. If you have children I am sure you have heard it or the equivalent. My mom says I used to like to play with the lids to pots. While it is OK for a short time, it does get on the nerves after a while. After a while you want to just scream if it continues.

So Paul points out a thing we would not want to be and how to keep from being like it. You do not want to be irritating to other people, here is a simple solution. Walk in love! That is real hard to do. When that person cuts you off in traffic, you do not want to walk in love. When that student in class asks a stupid question and interrupts more times than you can count, you have a hard time walking in love. Or here is one, when your marriage partner does something that they do not realize (or maybe they do) do you really walk in love?

So you say, can it make a difference if we walk in love? I think so. Last Friday we had the opening of the Christmas sales season here in the United States, a day we call black Friday. For some it will be a much blacker Friday than others have. In New York a worker in a store was crushed to death as people broke the door down to get bargains. What would have happened if those people had learned to walk in love in stead of on top of that man. In California two people were shot to death in some sort of argument while in a toy store. They were not walking in love.

I am not saying that you can change the world by walking in love, just your little corner of it.

Read through the Bible in historical order

1 Corinthians 12:1-14:40
1 Corinthians 15:1-16:24
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