Today I want to begin with some quotes from early Posts on this blog. Here are some paragraphs from my very first post published on December 2nd,2015. You may navigate to the whole post by clicking on the link after the quote.
Studying and meditating 1 Corinthians 13 may motivate to act more lovingly. Reading this chapter we usually think of Christian love as an ingredient or additive. Paul calls otherwise admirable activities worthless, if they are done without love.
My blog title is “Motivation of Christian Love”. To me this title also carries another idea. Could love ever be the governing principle of our Christian activities? What if love were the motive inspiring?
In 2 Corinthians 5:14 St. Paul speaks of the love of Christ as of a powerful stimulus: “For the love of Christ constraineth us…” (King James Version, 1611). Obviously in his meditation of the bible and the love of Christ Paul had come to a clear decision. His experience and his knowledge of the love of Christ were to be a determing factor in his life. (Motivation of Christian Love).
A couple of weeks later I published a post with the title “Towards Christian Excellence”. The word excellence was based on Paul’s introduction to chapter 13. In chapter 12:31 he said: “…and I will shew you a more excellent way.” (KJV).
Why is love so important to the Christian religion? Love is the greatest commandment because God is a God of love.
St. John puts it like this: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8). Any real experience of God will promote loving attitudes. God is love personified. Love is a main feature of God’s character.
Why does Paul speak of love as of a ‘more excellent way’? Christian living or Christian ministry is excellent if it makes evident what God is like. (Towards Christian Excellence).
In last week’s post I wrote about Jesus Christ:
Early he could observe that there were those who disliked his influence. Yet he carried on proclaiming the good news and helping people. He stuck to his principles of loving activity to the very end. In that sense we could say that Christ died for his disciples and for his people. Even we benefitted from his life and death as the gospel also has been made known to us. Thus Christ also lived and died for us. (Spiritual Gifts and Considering the Gift of God)
Then I said about God the Father:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16/KJV). Jesus Christ is the gift of God to us. (Spiritual Gifts and Considering the Gift of God)
Love is a more excellent way because God is a God of love. God is love. From the bible we can learn many things about the love of God.
In dealing with 1 Corinthians 13 we are now reaching verses 4 to 7. This is a description of love. Here Paul characterises the kind of love he is writing about. We may feel challenged by reading and considering these verses. At the same time we can learn something about what God is like. In the following quote I have replaced the word ‘love’ by ‘God’. Just see how this reads:
“God is Patient, God is Kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. He is not rude, he is not self-seeking, hi is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always Trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (Adapted from the NIV).