To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
September/October 2016 Issue – Fruitful, ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ Galatians 5;22-23
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NIVUK):”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. If 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. If 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.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Selwyn’s main point is: “Once we have love we have all the fruit of the Spirit. Without it we are nothing. If you have the Spirit you will have love; if you do not have love you do not have the Spirit.’
Notice that the main outcome of the indwelling of God’s Spirit is God’s love. And it is a special type of love – a sacrificial ‘agape’ type of love. This is only possible if we first love God (the first and greatest commandment). We demonstrate God’s love by obeying His commandments and following Jesus’ teaching.
(This study covers an important point concerning faith and love; I’m not sure many will agree with the full implications?)
[I’m looking at developing a shortened form of these notes taking into account my limited time due to illness.]