“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“Let All That You Do Be Done in Love”

(Please read 1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

April 5

Paul summed up the teaching in the previous verse, and indeed the teaching of the entire letter, with the wonderful sentence which forms the title of today’s meditation. The Corinthian church had had some problems caused by individuals who were puffed up with their own importance, and Paul was trying to correct that situation. So he called their attention to the need for doing everything lovingly.

Earlier in the letter (Chapter 13) Paul had extolled the virtue of love, leaving no doubt that love is the greatest thing for a Christian. Love is at the heart of the Great Commandment to love God and love one’s neighbor. Even if a person has “all faith” (13:2, NASB), without love he is nothing. He must love the Lord, love the church and love individual Christians. He must even love his enemies and love people outside the church. All this love will affect his dealings with God and man. If everyone in the church had such love, the Lord’s great invitation would be hard for people to resist.

After faith has given way to sight and hope has become reality, love will still exist. The Father loves you, his Son loves you, and Christians love you. If you have difficulty with this concept, just ask and God will make you a more loving person. Hang onto love in all that you do and you will be right at home in heaven.

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