Follow The Way Of Love


'Love conquers Darkness' photo (c) 2010, Leland Francisco - license: as though I’ve been talking a lot about love lately.  Basically it’s just been what our studies have been focused on at our small group.  Last night we 1 Corinthians 14, which starts out, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit.”  And sometimes it’s pretty easy to forget the way of love.  But I think maybe that’s why that this chapter is directly after the 1 Corinthians 13, which tells us exactly what love is and what love is not.

One of the most frustrating things about the Bible is that sometimes I just want a yes or no answer, and Scripture usually doesn’t give it.  The beauty of the Bible is that sometimes I just want a yes or no answer, and Scripture usually doesn’t give it.

But the one thing that Scripture is very clear on is love.

Love always wins.

Even if someone votes differently than you.

It’s hard to love when you disagree with someone with your whole being.  I think I’m right, and you think that you’re right, and we inevitably find ourselves at an impasse.  And it gets a little awkward.  There’s some tension.  But to borrow from the quote above, only love can drive that away.

I may not agree with everything you say or do, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t love you.  It seems as though around election time, we’re so filled from every direction with negative ads.  Everywhere.  You can’t get away from it unless you go completely unplugged, which is tempting at times.

When did it become okay to state your position by stating how horrible your opponent is?

When did hate become the way to win votes?

When did we allow it?

It’s our fault really.  We don’t want to know what someone stands for.  We want to know how much better they are than another person.  It’s not about integrity.  It’s about who has more friends and who can run the most ads because we as voters have not done our homework to know what a candidate actually stands for these days.

And it happens because it’s so hard to love.  So I just want to encourage you to love your neighbor this week.  Amidst all these distractions and negativity is when it’s needed most.

It’s the only thing that will change the world.

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