Love Does Not Rejoice in Wrongdoing

Love Does Not Rejoice in Wrongdoing Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing… 1 Corinthians 13:4-6a The last of the unloving traits listed by Paul is … Continue reading Love Does Not Rejoice in Wrongdoing

Love is not Irritable

Love is not Irritable Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable… 1 Corinthians 13:4,5a,b,c Some people seem to have a natural ability to annoy me. I can name several people who cause my blood … Continue reading Love is not Irritable

Love is not Rude

Love is not Rude Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. 1 Corinthians 13:4a,b,c After he lists two of the characteristics of love – patience and kindness – the apostle Paul begins his list of traits uncharacteristic of love. Envy, boastfulness, and arrogance begin the unloving … Continue reading Love is not Rude

Love is Patient

Love is Patient Love is patient... 1 Corinthians 13:4a There was a popular saying not long ago that went, “Be patient with me. God is not finished with me, yet.” I am not a fan of maxims that oversimplify or trivialize complex or important concepts, or of those that seek to shift individual responsibility elsewhere. … Continue reading Love is Patient

Love Is…

Love Is… Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all … Continue reading Love Is…

Original Love

Original Love God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5b The essence of Emmanuel is love, and love manifests in relationships. Through the birth of Jesus, God chose to be in relationship, physically, with the people of the time. Today, God chooses to be … Continue reading Original Love

An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3

An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3  The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 “Big things come in small packages,” we sometimes say. Regarding the Christmas season, we are often referring … Continue reading An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3

An Allegorical Christmas, Part 1

An Allegorical Christmas, Part 1  He replied, “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.” Luke 18:27 There are those who shun the biblical telling of the Christmas story because it is too difficult to believe factually. From the impregnating of Mary by the Holy Spirit, to Joseph agreeing to marry his pregnant fiancé … Continue reading An Allegorical Christmas, Part 1

Broken Hearts are Roomier

Broken Hearts are Roomier Then it was that, broken in spirit, he began to lose much of his arrogance and to come to his senses…    2 Maccabees 9:11a Don’t look now, but Christmas time is here. The season that is supposed to be about new birth, fresh starts, hope, peace, love, and joy too … Continue reading Broken Hearts are Roomier

The Rat Race

The Rat Race Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and (rats) consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor (rats) consume and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart … Continue reading The Rat Race