The Importance of Loving

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

I started a blog because status updates on Facebook did not create enough space for me to unload some thoughts. Now however, the blog world is now lacking in assisting me to communicate these next thoughts, thoughts that require a good 30 minutes of talking to accurately convey. And since giving a sermon is not an option, this will have to do.

I realize that reading on a computer screen gets highly boring after a few lines and especially when there are no pictures to accompany such a rant. Therefore, I resolved to just, word for word, copy down a few notes that I’ve written for my personal use and keep it short:   

“I’ve seen that there is a great abundance of chatter concerning correct doctrine and correct theology being the grounds for success or effectiveness as a Christian or as a minister; that accurately preaching and teaching the Bible is the foundation of the church and of the men and women in the Bible and if we get back to correct theology and practice then we will be living in accordance with how the first believers lived in Acts. I completely agree.

However, let me give some airtime to another area that I find of ultimate importance when coupled with the contents of the above paragraph.

1 Corinthians 13:: The Importance of Loving

v. 1-3
This first paragraph on love is super important because it will compare all the supernatural phenomenons in the spiritual realm  with the simplicity of love exuberant speaking abilities, prophesy, profound knowledge, unheard of demonstrations of faith, and complete obedience to the teachings of Jesus, even to the point of death. An ability to love, to care more about someone more than you care about yourself, trumps all of those. And in fact, if you do have all of those without love, Paul says you have nothing. So you can do these extraordinary things and waste your time. That fact, for future or current ministers, should either comfort or convict.

v. 4-7
This paragraph unpacks how this love takes shape in the life of a believer. Patience with people, kind to others, not arrogant,   values the things of God, is aware of suffering and pain but continues to seek out the best in all things. (way too much information as to what a believer looks like when truly loving other to put in this blog)

v. 8-10
The ability to love is further strengthened by the fact that everything else will not be need anymore at some point in the future. Everything else that we seek after now (the list above) will eventually be rendered ineffective once “the perfect One” is here.””

I really want to make a comment about how the educational systems that are in place for the preparation of a minister’s career do not emphasis enough having a loving attitude towards those who God has placed under your leadership, but I wont blame the school because loving others is a matter of ones personal sanctification and requires one to take ownership of how they respond or treat those who we interact with. In other words, you don’t go to school to learn to love, you ask for the Holy Spirit’s help and you obey convictions.

So learn how to preach, learn the theories of spiritual development in the different age groups, learn Greek and Hebrew and continue to sharpen your theology, but all of that is potentially wasted if you don’t care about those who you are ministering to. It is a sad reality seeing ministers who are prolific in all areas of ministry without a genuine love for their tiny sheep.

Just to prove that I am not just a “love everyone and who cares about anything else” kind of guy, read 1 Corinthians 14.

 

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Comments
  1. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in this area. Em and I were reading Titus last night and it struck me as interesting that separating doctrine and practice was no where on Paul’s radar. If someone would have said anything that suggested the separation of these two necessities then Paul would have promptly rebuked them. I agree with you and I wholeheartedly believe that we shouldn’t seek a balance between doctrine or practice, but we should fervently seek them simultaneously.

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