The Finer Point of Love

LOVE16Pastor Lancelot preached from a very familiar passage this past Sunday: 1 Corinthians 13. The topic of that chapter is love. Love is something that we all want, both to give and to receive. But sometimes we overuse the word “love,” and its meaning becomes empty. In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul wrote about spiritual gifts. The Corinthian church loved spectacular things, whether it was throwing a lavish party for communion or treasuring the more exciting spiritual gifts.

But in 1 Corinthians 13, Paul reminds them that love is more important than being spectacular. The most important thing in the church is love, not spiritual gifts. In fact, without love, there would be no church.

In a recent AT&T U-verse commercial, a man is sitting with four children and asks for examples of what is fast and what is slow. One child replies that his grandma is slow. The man asks, “Which is better, faster or slower?”

“Faster!” the children all exclaim.

For a Christian, though, love is better than faster. Love is walking slowly with your grandma and enjoying her presence rather than hurrying her up. It is God’s extravagant, foolish love (1 Corinthians 1:18) that should be the role model for our lives. In the musical Les Misérables, the characters sing, “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

May we all receive and reflect the spectacular love of God in Christ this week.