Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. 1 Corinthians 13.4-5
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul dealt with many problems that the church was experiencing. There was a wide range of problems that included division within the church, tolerance of an immoral situation, abuse of the Lord’s supper, and difficulties with the use of the spiritual gifts that the church had been given.
Paul showed the Corinthians in chapter 13 the importance of love in the church. Whatever was done in the church, had to be done in love. If it was not, then it was of little value. Paul listed some of the characteristics of love. Love enabled the church to serve one another instead of thinking more of oneself that they should have.
The same is true of the church today. Christians must serve others with love and the characteristics that Paul described are also true and valid today.
There is an exercise that is sometimes suggested while reading this chapter. Read the chapter inserting your name in place of the word “love”. Does the reading describe you as a person? If not, perhaps you need to do an inventory on your ability to love others.