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Love Is the Greatest

February 1, 2016

I was standing in line at a fast-food restaurant last week; when I heard a minister jumped all over a clerk for bad coffee. The clerk offered to make a fresh pot and even offered him a compliancy soda while he waited. This customer criticized about the fries was cold and his order was not right and started calling the clerk all sort of name calling.

This customer behavior made me take a look at myself through a mirror. If this clerk was visiting the customer church, would he treat the visiting clerk the same? We should treat people the same; inside and outside the church. After all, we represent Christ outside the walls of church buildings. Many times, we miss opportunities to witness to sinners by pushing them away; rather, than drawing them. When we were in sin, Christ died for us. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some has unwittingly entertained angels”. (Hebrews 13:2) When the adulterous woman was brought unto Jesus, He did not condemn her. Instead, He looked beyond her faults and saw her need and caused her accusers to examine themselves. He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (John 8:7) We should never become so righteous that we can look down on another person. “Jesus spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others”. (Luke 18:9)

Love is one of the greatest attributes of Jesus Christ. We see that in the giving of His Only Begotten Son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16) Throughout the Bible, we find loved demonstrated. When I look at (1 Corinthians 13), we see Godly love exemplified. God loves us unconditional and His love is long-suffering and kind. His love does not envy and it never keeps score nor is it puffed up”. His love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. We hear people say “I love you to the moon”. Many are using empty words and making noise like a clanging cymbal. Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Matthew 26:35) We all know how Peter denied Jesus three times.

Prayer: Father, grant us more love in our hearts and let this love be in us, which was also in Christ Jesus. We were born in sins and shaped in iniquity. We make mistakes and stumble sometimes. When we fall, we ask You lift us back up. Where there is misunderstanding, we ask for understanding. Let us love unconditional as You do.

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One Comment
  1. So true!! Great observation Pastor Fairley!

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