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    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    1 Corinthians 13

    I have been doing my Daily Messages (last week and this week coming) on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. Do you have any comments or thoughts?

    1 Corinthians 13:4-8 - 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8a Love never fails. NIV


    Anonymous said...

    This passage is informational but quite frankly, only attainable at the surface level. If we examine our actions and those around us, we'll see that rarely does anyone truly live by this standard. It sounds nice, it would be nice if we did it, but in real life? Yeah right.

    Ray McDonald said...

    I have to agree and disagree with Anonymous.

    Because it may or may not be attainable doesn't mean it is not what we should strive to live. For me, like the fruits of the Spirit, they are goals to strive for by the grace of God.

    This passage tells us what love is and what love is not. It shows us perfect love. We haven't experienced perfect love, personally, except through God's love. But it does give us a model to follow.

    If we aim at a goal, no telling how close we might come. But, aim at nothing, and you'll be sure to hit it.

    Anonymous said...

    Hey Ray (are you the pastor?), Anonymous here, yeah, my post sounded kind of jilted, sorry about that. I was just thinking about several instances in my life recently where people with whom I have personal interactions have really let me down. Not just oh-they-hurt-my-feelings, but mean and bizarre things done in under the auspices of love and God. And yet, the bummer of it is, I'm no better. I know to strive for Godliness and "good" things, but I'm just as big a phoney as the rest of them. I guess that's why we/I need grace. Or maybe it's more along the lines of me needing to give up the right to be right and let God deal with bizarre things. I don't know if that makes sense, but it's the "I've been severely wronged and must be avenged" thing. If I would give up righting wrongs and TRUST that God will take care of things then maybe I will experience more patient love; I'll be able to walk the talk of not being self-seeking; I'll let go of the wrongs - etc ad infinitum. Does that make sense? Or am I totally off base? I want to trust God, I want to stand before Him someday have have Him say, "well done my good and faithful servant." I dont' want to sell out to a personal vendetta against the hipocrites.