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I CORINTHIANS 13

August used to be a month of celebrations for Pam and me. There were a lot of family birthdays and we were married this month 49 years ago. Now August has taken on a nostalgic atmosphere for me. All of those that had August birthdays have passed away and two years ago my beloved Pam entered Heaven. The most interesting thing I have found in this process is that most of the time I have difficulty remembering the simplest things like: where I have placed my keys?, or what day is this?, or did I close the garage door? But, starting with the very last few days of July through the early morning of August 6th I have perfect recall. Oh how I miss seeing life from her perspective.  She was my sounding board, my confidant, and my loving companion. She loved me in spite of me. What else can I say?

I Cor. 13 is only thirteen verses long. The first three verses tell us that we can have the gifts of tongues of angels, prophesy, know all mysteries, have all knowledge, and have all faith, but do not have love, it profits me NOTHING. Then in the next + verses we see what love truly is and is not and how it relates to the first three verses. Love is patient, kind, is not jealous, does not brag, is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly, does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails! But gifts of prophesy and knowledge will be done away and the gift of tongues will cease. For now we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. Then, in the final three verses we are given a glimpse of eternity and a guideline for how we should live now. When we were children we spoke as children, thought as children, reasoned as children, but when we became adults, we put away childish things. Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love (and the love mentioned here is the love as defined earlier in this passage).

If you can put up with me a little longer, I will wrap this up! I cannot help but think of Pam whenever I read this chapter. To me, she epitomized everything the writer was trying to convey. And now, she has seen face to face, she knows fully and is fully known and for all the physical problems she had, they are no more. Praise the Lord! But I cannot help but miss her dearly!

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GOD IS OUR PERFECT DEFENSE!

David, in Psalm 35, finds himself in an uncomfortable position.  It seems that his enemies are ganging up on him, falsely accusing him, wanting him to fail and even seeking to destroy him.  Verse 7 talks about a net that was hidden to trap him and a pit that was dug for him to fall into.  David turns to the Lord for answers but it seems that He is not listening.  Verse 13 says that his prayers went unanswered, and in verse 17 David asks the Lord how long He was going to look on, indicating inaction or possible lack of concern on His part. Several times he urges God to do something about his situation and to not be silent.

How do I respond when I find myself loathing in self pity and feeling like God must have abandoned me? My natural reaction is to try and take control and figure things out myself.  I act as if God is too slow for me and that I could surely find a better and faster solution.  When someone falsely accuses me, I easily become defensive and start trying to prove my point of view.  I mistakenly feel that I can defend myself, maybe because I don't really believe that God will.

Let's allow God to rise to our defense (vs.23) and vindicate us in His righteousness (vs. 24). Then we can rejoice in the Lord and delight in His salvation (vs. 9).

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