Labor of Love: The Still More Excellent Way
September 12 at 10 a.m. | Bulletin
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things; love never ends.” I Corinthians 13:7-8a
How often have we heard 1 Corinthians 13 read at weddings? The irony, of course, is that marriage is probably the last thing St. Paul had in mind when he penned these words to the cranky and contentious Christian community at Corinth, Greece. Paul was pleading with these cranky Corinthians to be more like Jesus in their dealings with each other.
As we saw in our exploration of 1 John 4 last Sunday, to say that ‘God is love’ means that things that are not coming from a place of love have nothing to do with God. That certainly doesn’t mean that churches don’t sometimes (often?) behave in unloving ways, it just means that we can’t pretend that those ways are God’s ways.
This Sunday we’ll take a fresh look at that iconic 1 Corinthians 13 text and see what we can learn about how to be the church in these fascinating, frustrating, and profoundly unlovely times. Love you (really!), K