April 19, 2018

The Power of Love

1 Corinthians 13

Love never fails.

—  1 Corinthians 13:8

The Christians in Corinth had trouble getting along. Paul was urging them to work together, to affirm the contributions and value of everyone. God calls his people to enjoy full life in communion and unity with him and with each other.

So how does a community that has a history of not getting along learn to live together? As the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 13, we are called to love one another.

And the love that Paul is talking about here is unconditional, without strings attached or any expectation of favors done in return. This is the kind of love God shows us every day.

Love involves hard work. Love is patient and kind. Love brings honor to others without desire of recognition. Love rejoices in the truth and protects the vulnerable. Love forgives and, when possible, offers reconciliation. None of this is easy, especially if we are dealing with people who have hurt us deeply and don’t seem to care.

Through his suffering and death on the cross, Jesus revealed God’s true character of love, paying the price for our sin “while we were God’s enemies” (Romans 5:10). Through the power of the resurrection, God gives us the opportunity to share in the gifts of love that Christ’s sacrifice offers us: the gifts of forgiveness, reconciliation, protection, honor, and truth. May these gifts of love flow through us today.

Lord, despite all we have done against you, you still love us. Fill us with the power to share your love with others. Amen.

About the author — Laurie Zuverink

Laurie Zuverink is an ordained pastor who has served in several capacities of ministry in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. Her work ties into the lives of young people, and her passion is to empower and equip the next generation of servant leaders. Pastor Laurie and her husband, Mark, have three children—one in grad school, one in college, and one in high school. Pastor Laurie enjoys deep conversations, bike rides, exploring the shores of the Great Lakes, and watching well-played soccer.

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