Minister's Message


 

Love is…

1 Corinthians 13

A mother living in a tenement house went shopping for groceries. While she was in the store, a fire engine raced by. She wondered, "Is the fire engine going to my home?" She had left her baby asleep at home. Forgetting about the groceries, she ran toward home. Her building had fire hoses aimed at it. It was burning like a matchbox. Rushing to the chief, she cried out, "My baby is up there." He shouted back to her, "It would be suicide for anyone to go up there now; it's too late."
A young fireman standing by volunteered, "Chief, I have a little baby at home, and if my house were on fire, I'd want someone to go up to save my baby. I'll go." The young fireman climbed the stairs; he got the baby, threw her into the rescue net, and just as he did, the house collapsed and he was burned to death. 
The scene is 20 years later at a graveside. A 20-year-old woman is sobbing softly. Before her, at the head of this grave, is the statue of a fireman. A man stopping by asks respectfully, "Was that your father?" She replies, "No." "Was that your brother?" "No," she says. "That's the man who died for me."

In today’s world as was in morally corrupt Corinth, love has become a mixed-up term with little meaning. People are still confused about love. The scriptures declare that love is the greatest of all human qualities, in fact love is an attribute of God Himself. 1 John 4:8‘He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.’

Love involves unselfish service to others. Paul says in vs 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’

Faith is the foundation and content of God’s message.the value of faith cannot be disputed. Without it, there would be no Christianity. Without faith, we couldn't come to Christ or walk in obedience in Him. Faith is what motivates us to move forward even when the odds are against us. And faith is closely related to hope.

Hope is the attitude and focus of the message. Hope keeps us moving forward. No individual can imagine life without hope. Hope fuels us to face impossible challenges. Hope is the expectation that we will obtain what we desire. Hope is a special gift given by God through His grace to combat the day-to-day monotony and the most difficult circumstances.

Hope encourages us to keep running the race until we reach the finish line.

Love is… action.

When faith and hope are in line, you are free to love completely because you understand how God loves.

Does your faith fully express itself in loving others?

We explore the Holy Habit of ‘Breaking Bread’ over the coming weeks which actually lends itself to the true love of the early church in belonging and community. One thing they had which to me is wanted in today’s church is unselfish love – agape   .


Henry C.Ohakah.