In our unquenchable thirst for bigger and better, our attention is often garnished by the power words…the ones that carry a punch. Bigger, Best, Excellent!.
In fact, I’ve read I Corinthians 12:31 (b) for years and always focused on the second to the last word…”And now I will show you a more EXCELLENT way.
It was as though what was going to come next was the prize…Love was something to be sought after, acheived, mastered and accomplished.
But now I’m seeing that the true power of that statement is in one three letter word…the WAY. This is the real path of progress. Excellence is merely the descriptive of the journey.
Christian Love is not a goal to be sought with relentless attempts towards self asserted perfection. Rather, I now understand that it is a transforming process which leads the one who travels along it to a more excellent life. A life of authenticity; one which is characterized by peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
Chapter 13 says as much about what Love is not even as it gives poignant insights as to what it is. I’m thinking this Way of Love is more about lifestyle and character than about projecting outward appearances. Your thoughts…
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