Pastor Ethan's Blog
Thursday, January 11 2018
Hello Trinity Family!
Last week we kicked off our new winter message series, “Reflecting Jesus in Everyday Life”, by asking the question “What does it look like for the Glory of God to be reflected in my life?” Sunday we will start to answer that question, as we take an in-depth look into what might be the most commonly read passage written by the Apostle Paul. It’s the ‘love chapter’, from 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Paul starts by arguing that if we don’t have Love, we have nothing. With this assertion, he echoes the great ‘meta-theme’ of the entire Bible, which is summed up with the two thoughts “Love God, and Love People”. The greatest command is to Love God, and the greatest expression of Love for God is how we Love people. We talked about this almost every week last year. But it’s one thing to say “Love people”, and it’s something different to actually work through what this actually looks like. This is the question Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 13, and the first descriptor he gives is one of the most common needs of every person alive. Patience. Love is patient! When I find myself becoming impatient with people or my circumstances, the Spirit reminds me to consider the amazing depths of patience God has shown (and daily shows) to me. Patience, as an inseparable attribute of Love, is something no society, relationship, or person can be healthy without. Likewise, patience is a powerful healer in the midst of brokenness. Got patience? Patience is essential to God’s nature, and thus essential to His Glory being reflected in our lives.
Experiencing and expressing God’s Glory with you,
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners,
Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example
for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:16-17
Love is Patient
1 Corinthians 13:4