A Class Act
- Date: January 20, 2004
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Charity...doth not behave itself unseemly..."(1 Corinthians 13:4,5)
- From Spiritual Life - Spiritual Fruit
Love never behaves itself unseemly (1 Cor. 13:5). Love never acts contrary to the nature of God; it's always orderly. In today's vernacular we would say that love "has class." As brothers and sisters we sometimes don't show a lot of class in the way we respond to one another's weaknesses and needs. When ministering the love of God to others, we should never make them feel less than ourselves. True love, a "class act," never devalues another person. True love manifests in graciousness and kindness. It's never rude or brutish.
Love doesn't bully people or try to come off as the hard guy. That's why God's anger is expressed in direct relationship to His love. The wrath of God is factual; it doesn't have to be wrapped up in emotion and intimidation, in a coarse and bullying persona. It just speaks the love and the truth factually concerning the consequence of living outside the grace of God, of living a life of disobedience, of living contrary to the commandments. God simply says, "Here's what's going to happen. If you continue, this is the consequence. Here's how I'm going to respond to you. Here's how the Body is going to respond to you." The love of God lets truth and the Word of God be the standard rather than using manipulation, intimidation and flattery. Our confidence is in the truth and the love of God. Those that will hear the truth will be motivated by God's love to obedience.
Father, we thank You for Your Word. We ask that we would be able to love, not as Cain loved, but as Christ loved. Help us, Father, to be emptied even more of self as we believe the love that You have for us. We are emptied of self in direct proportion to our belief in Your love for us. The more we believe You love us, the more we can stop trying to promote ourselves. The more we believe You love us, the more we can cease from trying to lay up for ourselves and protect ourselves. The more we believe You love us, the more we can give everything possessed and know we will never lack, but in fact multiply in Your virtue, in Your grace, in Your power. Make it so, Father, we ask in Jesus' name.