"The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still." — A.W. Tozer It's one thing to think correctly about God, Jesus, and the Kingdom of God.
It’s another thing to live as though it's true.
We want to be people who love and live as Jesus did. We want to be people who love others well.
We want to be a church and people of God who get what matters right: growing in our love for Jesus and building His Kingdom.
What does that look like, you ask? Well, for starters, it looks like moving toward people in love who hurt you, who are different from you, who have flaws, sin, and brokenness in their lives. It means not judging them, but loving them, trusting that Jesus is changing them.
Do people who differ from you in politics, religion, or life values feel threatened by you or loved by you?
Power without love feels like a threat.
The Corinthian church was motivated by a desire to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to build Jesus’ Kingdom. But, because they had forgotten the grace gift of LOVE that had been extended to them, they ended up hurting one another and creating division in their church.
Instead of the church becoming a place where peoples’ lives were made better or whole in everything and in every way, it was a place where people were feeling judged, characterized by “less than.., snobbery, and condemnation.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Power without love is often self-glorifying.
In I Corinthians 1:4-9, Paul reminds them of the grace that had been extended to them in Christ and of the transformation they had experienced by Christ’s love. His intent was to encourage them to return to Jesus and be filled with His love so that they could move in power and create wholeness in each other, the church and the world.
If we want to experience more of God’s transforming power in our lives, we, too, need to remember the grace and love that has been shown to us by Jesus. That should then empower us and lead us into the world to show others that same grace and love.
This is what separates us (people who are living for and serving Jesus) from the rest of the world. Look around you; are you surrounded by people who are just like you, believe and think what you do, have the same politics? If so, move towards Jesus, and ask Him to fill your heart again with the grace and love with which He rescued you. Then take it, and share it with the world!