Love: The More Excellent Way

Satan is smart and subtle. He does not always seduce the Church to hate God but rather, to despise the body of Christ in order to destroy our unity.

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18). Thankfully, Christ is the one who builds the Church. The headship of Christ ought to remind us that, as the Church, we identify with Christ. We don’t put ur doctrine or opinion above the Head. In other words, we should not let some secondary matter affect our primary love for Christ and the Church. We may have knowledge and spiritual gifts, but Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13 that love is the “More Excellent Way”. Paul offers some practical advices:

Speak (and Listen To) the Truth In Love

” Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15)

Sometimes it is hard to tell if we are really speaking in love. We have to ask the Lord to shine on our intention. Are we speaking to show off our knowledge or to enjoy approval? Are we correcting others out of bitterness or condemnation? Similarly, when one listen, he or she should listen in humility.

Receive One Another in Love and Grace

“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.”  (1 Cor 13:8-9).

Each of us knows in part. This is why the body has many members. This is why sharing our portion with each other is so important for the building up of the Church. Regardless of how convinced we are on our views on secondary matters, we should receive one another in Christ’s love and grace. Remember, regardless of how much prophetic power or knowledge we possess, love is the more excellent way (1 Corinthians 13).

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