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August 29, 2016

1 Corinthians 13


There can't be many other passages better known in the bible than this, and if there are, you could name them on one hand.


Sheer poetry of faith and faith is poetry so here we have the essence of love but not the romantic sort you tend to hear at weddings where this passage is often read. When Paul penned these words he wasn't thinking weddings but was very aware of a major dispute in the church at Corinth. His words are then words on how to live together in community and he sums it up as being able to love through all things.


Heavens, we know we aren't all going to agree with everything, or see eye to eye on particular issues or ideas. The church has been one terrible role model for that with denominationalism being one of our best products.


Paul's words show us perhaps that the way through is not to erase or forget or pretend these divisions don't exist but to ebrace all the more a determination to live tbrough these things in love - and God is love. That's to crucial bit perhaps more than any other: God is love.


The way we live together, the love we have is God. That's the binding, the energy, the vision, the faith, the hope. Turning towards each other in spite or fear or hatred is altogether completely un-God. Daring to live in love is setting God, yes God, the real deal, free.


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