I’m sorry I’ve been silent for the past two weeks; I’ve been dealing with some health issues that are not completely resolved (yes, prayers would be appreciated). However, I’m going to make it up today because I’m posting twice – yes, you read it correctly – I’m posting two times today.
VERSE OF THE WEEK
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
I chose this verse in honor of St. Valentines Day this weekend. If you care to know more about St. Valentine, a priest killed for marrying Christian couples in a time when Christians were being prosecuted, then click here. The day wasn’t a celebration of romantic love until much later.
Paul was writing these words to the church in Corinth, a huge town known for its promiscuity. In fact, there were a reported 1,000 sacred prostitutes alone in the temple of Aphrodite – goddess of love. (And that doesn’t count the ones that were not sacred!)
Corinth was much the way our society is depicted in today’s media: the triumvirate of love, marriage, sex did not necessarily follow that order. (Or, follow in any order, for that matter.) In fact, one of the Greek words for fornicate was derived from the word, Corinth.
So why did Paul find it necessary to tell the church at Corinth about love? For that we need to look at the rest of the chapter.
In verses 4 – 8 we learn that the love Paul spoke of was a universal love, not just a romantic or sexual one. He taught that if you love you will be:
- happy when the truth comes out,
- hopeful, and
- always true to the one you love.
- envious of their possessions or success,
- proud or trying to put yourself ahead of them,
- rude to them,
- eager to keep a list of the times they’ve hurt you, or
- easily angered by them.
I believe that people are put on our road for a purpose; life is not just some cosmic highway where you randomly get on and off exit and entrance ramps. When we come in contact with someone, there is a reason. Although it’s difficult to learn the reason at times, we are still commanded to love them.
Thank you, Father, for those you bring into our lives. There are so many times we ignore ones who annoy us, snub us, and anger us. Help us to remember that You are in control and they were placed in our path for a reason.
Help us to love them as You loved us.
In Jesus’ name.