I wanted to think about 1 Corinthians 13 for a few moments this week.
1 Corinthians 13 is a passage that we often find quite challenging. We read Paul’s description of love and we think about all the relationships in our life, work, family, neighbours, church members , people who keep us hanging on the phone in call centres, the guy who pinches your parking space at Tesco, we think of all these relationships and we read ‘Love is patient, kind, keeps no record of wrongs etc and we think ‘how can I live up to that?’ Now I’m sure that in these times of lockdown, you are thinking, Jenny I am trying to function in the midst of a global pandemic, I have more than enough on my plate without you guilt tripping me about 1 Corinthians 13.
But actually it’s a hugely comforting passage when we come at it from a different angle, Years ago when I was a secondary teacher
there were trials going on to see if children with dyslexia could read more clearly when a coloured transparent sheet was placed over the white page they were reading so that the children could literally see the page in a different light. When we read this passage we need metaphorically speaking to do the same thing. We need to see the challenge but we need to remember that Paul is calling them to love in this way precisely because that is how God loves you….. and that is the encouragement I want to give you this week.
So please take a moment, read this passage through and each time is says ‘love is ’ insert the phrase God’s love for me’ instead. Be encouraged, be aware of God’s love for you and have a blessed week.
Rev Jenny Porterpryde.
Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonour others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
God’s love for you ……..keeps no record of wrongs.
6 God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 God always protects,
always has confidence in you,
8 God’s Love for you never fails…..
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is GOD’s love FOR YOU.