Sunday August 20 These Three…..

Pastor’s Blog “These three…” August 20, 2017
If you want to know what is important to God, look at what Satan attacks and distorts.
1 Corinthians 13 is perhaps the most quoted and referenced passage of scripture: and for good reason. Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, describes and defines God’s view of love…. “Love is patient. Love is kind…” If it has been a while since you readt the “Love Chapter,” I encourage you to take another look and ask “How am I doing in loving as God loves?”
The chapter ends with this declaration. “Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.”
• Each one of these has a dark opposite:
• Faith that wanes becomes skepticism.
• Hope deferred becomes cynicism.
• Love lost becomes crippling criticism.
The skeptic, the cynic, and the critic can exist in all of us: sometimes for a fleeting moment, but if left unchecked can become a way of life.
The Bible has the antidote for all these cancers of the soul:
• Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.”
• Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to them that love Him and are called according to His purpose.”
• 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

Jesus calls and empowers us to “walk (read live) in love.” A tall order that is possible only as we abide (read live) in Him.
I don’t want to be known as a skeptic, cynic, or critic. I want to be known as a person who lives a life of love.

Pastor Tom

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