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The Most Excellent Way
Brett Anderson ©2005

"And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." [1 Corinthians 13:1-3]

This is a passage that I think is often glossed over. I know that I often like to use the next 5 verses myself. Suddenly, for some reason, I felt that I should share briefly on these, which don't need much explanation cos they are really self-explanatory.

"...a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal..."

"...i am nothing..."

"...i have nothing..."

Doesn't sound like good stuff to aim for and yet how often do we (in our misguided zeal? or religious intolerance? or well-intentioned legalism?) settle for those very things...?

In the light of that passage I want you to think about these things:

[1] The ministry you are involved in.

[2] The people you are in relationships with. [work, school, friends, family, sport]

[3] The people you are NOT in relationship with.

[4] Your involvement in things inside the church.

[5] Your involvement in things outside the church.

...the person who knocks at your door asking for food... the person in your church who is going through a divorce... your friend at school who comes out and announces that she is gay... the person who serves you at the supermarket or cafe till or at the Spur... the person who sits next to you in maths class... your friend who gets drunk on the weekends... your friend who listens to music you don't approve of... your next door neighbour... your ex... your dad...

Is your life a life that displays 'the most excellent way?'

And if not, what you planning to do about it?

"Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." [James 1:22]

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." [1 John 4:7-8]

"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another." [John 13:35]

God bless you as you live out your relationship with Him and in so doing, bless others.