This Sunday marks the mid-point of our journey through the TRAITS OF LOVE from 1 Corinthians 13. Each day of this 15 week journey I have tried to read 1 Corinthians 13. These verses from the Apostle Paul announce the timeless and indescribable love of God. Do you remember how Paul begins this magnificent declaration of God’s love? “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” This way of living is beyond words, over-powering, inexpressible and overwhelming. What is the most excellent way? It is the way of agape love! It is profoundly and overpoweringly simple, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and you shall your neighbor as yourself.”
This Sunday Sonja will be leading us in the message on LOVE IS NOT EASILY ANGERED. Another word for easily angered is provoked. The word ‘provoked’ refers to irritation or sharpness of spirit. It means to irritate or promote to anger. Love is not provoked. It is not touchy. It is not hypersensitive or easily hurt. It doesn’t take things too personally. It does not have a bad temper. Love is not given to emotional outbursts. It is not exasperated by petty annoyances. Love refuses to let someone else get under one’s skin. We so easily blame the other person but love takes responsibility for one’s own actions and attitudes. Agape love doesn’t get irritated. This aspect of love can be one our most significant acts of witness.
I encourage you to read and reflect on Ephesians 4:26-31 to help prepare your minds, hearts and soul for our worship on Sunday.