So do we give up?
by Cris Norris
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
So we read that passage and say “sure that’s perfect love and I can try and work hard and love like that—with prayer and focus and training”.
What is it in our vanity that we think for a moment that we can get past patient, which by the way means that someone could come into your day and drive you completely insane continually and all you do is look at them and love them, further without the inward gritting of your teeth just trying to bear this person for one more second. In fact lets dumb it down, what about the example of a child at play and they have a drum as a new present and they beat that drum non-stop in every area that you are in and finally of course you explode. Well, that perfect patient is just that; perfect. Patient with everything we do (all our stupid actions) every moment of everyday, no matter what.
Try that on for size--that is far more impossible than not murdering someone today. You see all those old commandments are child’s play compared to new “Perfect Love Commandment”. The new commandment is completely impossible. In fact if you go through the list and really think about each thing that love is—it is so easy to realize that the human in us cannot come close to this model of our Father.
So let’s stop. Stop and step back and realize that we can have all the actions of super little Christians and still fall far short of perfectly loving everyone. So do we give up? Sure if you want to, I have found it to be very beneficial in my life. To give up and realize that because of your position in Christ you now have that very thing inside you. We all can love as Christ loved because he will love for us—in our union of Spirit that we live in.
Paul calls us saints because we are put into a position with Christ to love perfectly. Realize we had nothing to do with it, thankfully because chances are we would have messed it up. We are in this union with Christ because of God’s action not our own. God sent his Son as a replacement and then allowed us to join him in resurrection and a new life in union with Him and union with all who realize who they now are.
If we are given the position of President of a corporation and given the big office, big chair, big salary and big responsibility; do we then go and make copies and take out the trash and work the mailroom. No, we understand this tremendous responsibility and we lead, we are an example, we think and concentrate on bigger things. We allow the people that we employ to do the thing that we employ them to do and we do our part by watching over it and nurturing it. So if, we are put into the position of a union with God through the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ, then stop going back and working in the basement and thinking you’re in charge of scrapping the scum off of toilets. The real power over sin is to realize you have perfect love to give and nothing can overcome that in your life, because your life is Christ. (Checkout Paul in Galatians 2). When you wallow in sin, look up and remember your position, not how you feel or what you’re doing, but ask is this my position—is this perfect love flowing from me? If not, then let it, because it will.