On Sunday, January 31 we considered the continued thoughts of Paul to the church in Corinth found in I Corinthians 13. Often referred to as the “love chapter” we misunderstand Paul’s intentions for this letter to the church in Corinth. We have this concept that love only has to do with marriage, family and close friends. I do agree the words of I Corinthians 13 is very helpful to maintain health marriage, family and friend relationships but Paul was seeking to show us a better way to live, a more excellent way. Paul wanted the Corinth church, and now thankfully we can gain from the words as well, to see there was a better way to be a follower of Jesus, there is a way to share God’s love with everyone, every day. Now this kind of love is not easy and it takes time and effort on our part. For Paul love was much more than feeling, much more than just a word. Love is action, we share love, we show love, and we live love! A few years ago thinking through these thoughts it dawned on me that Paul saw the church, the body of Christ, as the place we should learn and grow in this understanding of love. The Church is the place we practice what we preach so that we can then live it outside of the walls of the church. Every group in the church is a place to learn and grow as a disciple and practice the I Corinthians 13 style of love. When we practice it here in the church it becomes part of our lives and we find ourselves living it outside of the church. Then as we live it outside of the church this love will then begin to change the world around us. Don’t misunderstand this does not mean we become door mats and give in to whatever the people around us want. No, Jesus is our example and he was not a door mat he did not agree with everyone around him. Because Jesus loved first his actions rose out of that love. Therefore revenge was not in his thoughts, he offered forgiveness. What Jesus wanted was second to what the people around him needed. These are all traits found in Paul’s words to the Corinthians. These are traits we need in our life! To close I want to ask the same questions I asked Sunday, will you join me and choose love and then practice that love here so we can live it? I feel if we do we will be the best body of Christ Jasper has seen in a long time. To aid in understanding Paul’s words we shared these videos from skitguys.com about love. Enjoy as you reconsider what it means to be made perfect in love. That is our goal as United Methodist Christians.

This Sunday get ahead by reading II Corinthians 3:12-4:2 we will focus on the title “Unveiled for you enjoyment”.

Please remember the family of Barbara Larson as we share in her memorial service this Saturday, February 6 at 11:00am here in the sanctuary of Jasper United Methodist Church.