I had to grab this picture because in a way it represents now more than ever the culture war that is occurring in America. Just a few years back these one liners might have been focused on women’s liberation, segregation, don’t ask don’t tell, or even stem cell research. No, we got a moral battle going on. Now hasn’t it always been a moral battle? Well yes it has and I presume it will always involve morals.
Now I thought I wanted to comment on each one liner but maybe not. What have have to say though is that Nick here has taken his line directly from Jesus. Jesus was the first to say, “Love your Neighbor.” And, He bore out that command to us by being the model of love. We can know real love through getting to know Him. He gives us a taste of His love for us. Learn to love Jesus and then you can selflessly love that way He loves you.
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
1 Corinthians 13, author the Apostle Paul (we know his source)
This guy has the right idea but the wrong bases. Peace comes through Jesus. Without Him there is not the understanding a human soul needs and longs for. He is the giver of life and in that life is understanding beyond what we can imagine. What does the 12th verse above say? “12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
Yes!! That is nirvana, bliss, rapture, and ecstacy!!
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