Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Love: Unwrapping the Gift (5)

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Love: inexact use of the word (various Greek terms for the one Eng word)
Samson led astray by "love" (Judges 14.16, 16.4, 16.15)
"I know what love is" (and a trail of failed relationships)
1 Co 13 not written for romance
Passage context:
1 Co 12.1, "now concerning spiritual gifts/things"
Addresses nature of spiritual gifts, and the excesses in Corinth
Paying attention to broader, more fundamental concern
What constitutes "spirituality" with the Holy Spirit?
1 Co 12.31
"Strive for the greater gifts [tongues is a minor gift]. And I will show you a still more excellent way [love]."
Not a denial of the gifts, but the more fundamental issue
A "spiritual person" who has the "gift of the Spirit" is "Holy" not by their gifts but by the practice of love.
1 Co 14.1
"Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts"
Passage structure:
InDispensable (13.1-3)
In Description (13.4-7)
EnDures (13.8-13)
InDispensable (13.1-3)
Recently read or heard a story told of a National Prayer Breakfast some years ago. The President at the time and many other national leaders in politics, the marketplace, and religion, were in attendance. And all of them were in awe of one old woman who rose to speak: Mother Teresa. Living in poverty, with no power in the conventional sense, she was the greatest person in the room. "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." And, that is what changes the world.
John Wesley’s favorite Scripture verse: "The only thing that counts is faith working through love" (Galatians 5.6)

 
In Description (13.4-7)
Love is no vague principle or abstract ideal. Love is action. Love is stories. That’s why there are love stories!
Not envious: getting together with colleagues, measure ourselves against each other
"How many are you worshiping?"
Love and Thursday night at the phantom concert
"Not insist on its own way"
"Not keep record of wrongs/not resentful"
"God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us" (Romans 5.8)
 
EnDures (13.8-13)
Eva, "what do I do with this, honey?"
Love, greater than understanding, memory
"Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love" (1 John 4.8)
Faith : reason
hope : memory
love : will
 
 
Resources:
Mother Teresa quote:
Fee, 1 Corinthians

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