Meanderings of a Minister

Advent: the Love Candle
December 15, 2011, 6:04 pm
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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 defines love for us and how we are to accomplish this action.

Love is patient.  How patient must God have been to enter the human race as an infant and to have to grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man?

Love is kind.  There is no way to measure how kind God was in coming to earth as a baby for the sole purpose of dying on a cross to provide the once-and-for-all sacrifice for our sins.

Love is not jealous.  God showed that He was not jealous of keeping His Son in Heaven with Him, but sent Jesus to us.  Jesus was not jealous of the glory He had before He came to earth, but obeyed God’s plan and came to be one of us.

Love does not brag.  Jesus was not born in a palace, surrounded by servants, but was born in a manger and came to be a servant.

Love is not arrogant.  Jesus did not look down on mankind, but became flesh to live with us and show us the way and then die for us.

Love does not act unbecomingly.  Jesus would never sin one time.

Love does not seek its own.  God certainly did not seek what was best for Him.  If He did, you and I would never stand a chance to live with Him.

Love is not provoked.  Even King Herod’s actions, upon hearing of Jesus’ birth, would have been enough for God to wipe out the world, if God was easily provoked.

Love does not take into account a wrong suffered.  Jesus’ name means “God saves”.  That means that God declares us forgiven and does not take into our account the sins we have committed because they are thrown as far as the east is from the west.

Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness.  If God had rejoiced in unrighteousness, He never would have sent Jesus so that we could become His righteousness.

Love rejoices with the truth.  So lived the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Love bears all things.  From the glory of Heaven to the stinky stained floor of a barn, Jesus bore them all.  He also would bear the sins of the world on Calvary.  This was why He came to die.

Love believes all things.  This does not mean to be gullible, but that God has created man unto good works that God planned for us to do and He will continue to work in us until they are completed in the day of Christ’s return.

Love hopes all things.  Jesus came as a baby to be the hope that men had looked forward to.

Love endures all things.  From the trauma of delivery to the hard life of a peasant and all the way to the Cross, Jesus endured it all for the glory of the Father and the sake of those in Christ.

Love never fails.  Divorce couldn’t stop Him.  Herod couldn’t kill Him.  Poverty couldn’t claim Him.  His mother couldn’t force Him.  Public opinion couldn’t change Him.  The disciples couldn’t change His plans.  The Jews couldn’t accuse Him.   The cross couldn’t reduce Him.  The grave couldn’t hold Him and the Devil couldn’t handle Him.


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