Friday, November 21, 2008

Taking The Higher Road

I think it would be wise to conclude the On The Guard series by taking the higher road.

In fact I don't only think it would be a good thing but I think it would be the best thing.

This is what Jesus modeled for us as his followers to learn. To always take the higher road.

So what do I mean when I say this?

If you are someone who has been reading these posts then you may have a clue as to what I've been talking about. You might even know EXACTLY why I've been posting them. If however you do not, the posts are still very relevant to you and your Christian walk.

The thing that gets me the most is the instructions we read in 1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

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.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

We read that we can have all the gifts God can give us and that we can use them well but if we are missing the most important thing then all those things matter not.

The greatest of everything is love. In fact, the one thing that Jesus modeled for us more than anything else wasn't his miracles, his wisdom, his ability to quote scripture, or even his ability to turn the theology that was popular then upside down and on it's head! The greatest thing Jesus taught us was that Love was the most important thing we could ever do.

I hope that these posts have helped people but most importantly I hope you have learned what really matters when we serve the Lord. That we serve him with a love that outweighs everything else we think matters. That we do things that will edify the church instead of ourselves, that we will teach our congregations what perfect love truly looks like by the example we set.

Jesus died for us, showing us what perfect love looked like. May we never forget that in order to pursue being right about something. We should never want perfect love to have been done in vain.

Pray that we can practice perfect love, nothing else is as powerful!

1 comment:

  1. Nice finish to the series... and you are right... no matter what gifts you have been given, or what gifts you feel are the most important, they mean nothing if you aren't teaching about Christ and his love above all else!!!