I Corinthians 13:4-8a,13 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
It has become increasingly clear to me over the years how massively important it is for Christians to love one another and defer to one another for the sake of Christ. The Corinthian Christians had all kinds of problems from sexual immorality, abuse of the spiritual gifts, disbelief in the resurrection, etc. But their biggest issue was selfishness that resulted in not getting along and not having unity as the family of God. In I Corinthians 13 Paul provides the solution – LOVE – AGAPE LOVE.
We have a beautiful spirit of love and unity here at Walnut Hill. I don’t take it for granted and I thank God for everyone making every effort to bless one another in love. Let’s excel still more. Jesus said this is how people will know we belong to Him (John 13:34-35).
Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.