This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
The Corinthian church was a divided church. They were filled with petty little divisions, each group thinking they were better than the other. It was because of their divisions that Paul called them “carnal” and “immature. Throughout his letter Paul deals with some of the root causes of their divisions, but it’s not until he gets to chapter 13 that he stops and gives them the “more excellent way” to get along as a church. He speaks to them about the issue of “love”, the very thing that Jesus said would show the world that we belonged to Him (John 13:35). With this in mind, Paul writes to the Corinthians:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4–7 NLT)
Do you have any relationships that are in turmoil? What would happen if you tried putting some of these qualities of love to work? I know it sounds hard, but I know someone who not only knows how to love better than any other, He also promises to help you to learn to love like He does. Turn to Jesus.