Love Is Preeminent – September 19, 2016

1 Corinthians 13:1, If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Sunday at Cottonwood Creek, I began a new teaching series titled ‘Relationship Goals’ God’s Way. My guess, if you are like many others, you have a relationship or two in your life that is struggling. Perhaps your marriage is struggling, your relationships with your kids are tense, or your friendships and relationships at the office are subpar.

This teaching series examines scripture to see how relationships were designed God’s way. Sunday’s focus was on looking at relationships God’s way through the eyes of love.  There is no better chapter in the Bible that teaches on love than 1 Corinthians 13. Paul starts that chapter by saying that love should be preeminent in every relationship.

Love should be priority in our speech, our attitude and our actions. Read these words of Paul found in 1 Corinthians 13:1, If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. In our relationships today, make love preeminent in our speech, our attitudes and our actions. Our actions of love make God’s love visible to those whom we encounter through life.  On the contrary, a lack of love drives a wedge in most relationships. True relationship problems occur when we ignore the wedge and allow hatred or dislike to build.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D