The Apostle Paul wrote about LOVE in an incomparable fashion. His words, filled with pathos, warmth, and vitality, spring from pages of Scripture. There is nothing in all of literature human or divine that even begins to approach 1 Corinthians 13. And yet, through all the length and breadth of Paul’s writing, never once did he define LOVE. He described it with all surpassing beauty. But he gave no definition.
Have you ever wondered why?
Someone suggested this may be an occasion when “definition is destruction.” In other words, to write about it would be to destroy it. Perhaps. But with the enormous gifts of the apostle, I am inclined to think he could have given us a magnificent definition had he chosen to do so.
So why no definition? I believe it was because Paul was more interested in LOVE being demonstrated than in LOVE being defined. That may not be as strange as it sounds. Have you ever tried to define sunset? Probably not. The astronomer could give us the mathematics of a sunset and surely there is a chemistry of colors – but the definition would pale in comparison to the display. So it is with LOVE.
The challenge we face as individual Christians and as the family of God which gathers in our dear church is to demonstrate our LOVE. As we do so let me encourage you to focus on three areas.
First, February reminds us to valentines and sweethearts. Husbands and wives demonstrate your LOVE to your mate. When was the last time you told the person dearer to you than all others on this earth that you LOVE them? Get a card perhaps some flowers or a gift. Demonstrate your LOVE. It will strengthen your LOVE and build a stronger home.
Second, make this a time when you demonstrate your LOVE for your church. Do you LOVE your church? I mean really LOVE her. LOVE is not very real at a distance. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” is a true statement. Absence will make your heart grow fonder and something else. I urge you to make this month your occasion to manifest a deep and LOVING appreciation for Wake Chapel and for its ministry the Lord raised up so many years ago. Our heritage is rich. Our mission is on-going. Demonstrate your LOVE.
Third, demonstrate your LOVE one for another. If our church had all the money, all the wealth, all the people, all the space, all the musical instruments, all, all, all, -- had not LOVE, we really would have nothing. The cry of my heart is that we be a church known for the fact that we LOVE one another. That is more important than any other reputation we could have.
Demonstrate your LOVE,