All posts by Pastor Richard

God’s Love Is Not Self Seeking

5 Love does not seek its own. 1 Corinthians 13:5

  Do you deny your family or friends your love and affection unless they give in to your demands or meet your expectations? If the answer is yes, that would be selfish or self seeking. I once read a story of a billionaire who used his wealth to control his loved ones. He deviously threatened to disinherit them unless they acceded to his whims and fancies, no matter how unreasonable they were. Some cowered to his demands but others chose to walk away, not willing to suffer the indignity of losing their self-respect.

God’s Love Does Not Behave Rudely

5 Love does not behave rudely. 1 Corinthians 13:5

  Two lifelong business partners butted heads right until they were parted by death. When a reporter asked the surviving partner to comment on his colleague’s death, he remarked, “My mother often told me to say something good about the dead. He’s dead. Good!”

God’s Love Does Not Puff Up

4 Love is not puffed up. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Have you ever met someone who loves to flaunt their wealth, making a point that they are rich? Or they would flaunt their intelligence to win adulation or their bodies to gain admiration? Seeing life from an inflated view of self-importance, these so-called prima donnas believe everything revolves around them.

God’s Love Does Not Parade Itself

4 Love does not parade itself. 1 Corinthians 13:4

What is the point of living a pious life if no one knows about it? This was the typical attitude of the Pharisees. They were "spiritual" exhibitionists when it comes to earning their own "badge" of righteousness. They flaunted their ability to keep the Law even though they often mingled scriptures with their own self-imposed traditions. To further inflate their self-importance and superiority, they loved to vie for the best seats and parade around for public accolades.

God’s Love Does Not Envy

4 Love does not envy. 1 Corinthians 13:4

  God is jealous but He is not envious. The Greek word for “envy” is zēloō. It means “to be heated or boiling over" (Strong's G2206). Zēloō has two distinct meanings. The first meaning is "zealous" and the second meaning is "envious". Zealous is a good kind of jealousy whereas envy is a bad kind of jealousy. To be zealous is to be extremely passionate for someone's well-being but to be envious is to be destructively resentful against someone.

God’s Love Is Kind

4 Love is kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4

  Some people entertain frightening ideas of God. There is more fear than faith in their thoughts of Him. Fearful thoughts of God is bound to mess up your relationship with God and muddy your belief that God really loves you and He wants to bless you.

God’s Love Is the Basis of the Gospel

1 If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing. 3 And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 The Passion Translation

  The gospel is not a kind of fire insurance policy for escaping hell. Neither is it a sin management program used to modify behaviour. The gospel is the story of God's perfect love for us. As a result of Jesus' full and finished work on the cross — nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.

Ordinary People with an Extraordinary God

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 New International Version

We are ordinary people with an incredibly extraordinary God.