Two life-long business partners butted heads right until they were parted by death. When someone 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!”
5 Love does not behave rudely.
1 Corinthians 13:5
The Greek word for “behave rudely” is aschēmoneō which means “behaving unbecomingly or unseemly”. It’s about having a tactless thought about someone and saying it to them. When God made you, He couldn’t have made you any better than making you in His image (Genesis 1:27). It’s the best compliment God could have given you. He called us “good” right from the start. The word “good” in Hebrew is tov which means “to be blessed, excellence and valued”.
We originated from God.
We belong to Him.
When we were lost in sin, God sent Jesus to redeem us. The word “redeem” means “to buy back what originally belonged to you”. Imagine a father searching for his lost son who was sold as a slave. To be reunited with his son, he had to “buy back” his son. This act of “buying back” is redemption. The father didn’t value his son less because he was a slave. He was always a son in spite of being a slave. God is clear about your identity even if you are not, and by redeeming you from sin, He is returning you to your true image.
Don’t believe for a moment that God loves you less because of troubled times. He will never do anything to hurt you. He will not behave rudely towards you. He may stretch you, but He will never destroy you.
The Apostle Paul tells us that nothing, not even death, can separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:38). God is not tactless with what He thinks of you, God is also not careless in how He deals with you. The surety of His love brings the security of His love.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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