Words from the Heart for Saturday February 15th, 2020
[Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
Canada’s army on the Western Front had a very strong reputation by the summer of 1918, four years into the Great War, and had won the respect of their fellow Allied soldiers. Its soldiers were recognized as “shock troops,” men who would carry out the hard tasks and fulfill their objectives. The army’s commander, Lt.-Gen. Sir Arthur Currie, was known for competence and determination, and the general officers commanding his four divisions and brigades were all proven leaders. The 100,000 men of the Canadian Corps were very good.
Aretha Franklin’s song R-E-S-P-E-C-T sold millions of copies. Not only is it a classic song, but the message resonated with people all over the world. “All I’m asking is for a little respect when you get home.” This is the longing of both husbands and wives the world over. It is also the call of God to His people. In 1 Corinthians 13, the great love chapter of the Bible, Paul the apostle teaches that one of the marks of agape love is respect. 1 Corinthians 13:5 says “[Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” That is agape love, the love we have experienced in Jesus Christ. Jesus never dishonours us. In spite of our sin and wayward heart, He comes after us, holding back on what would just be anger at our sin. Repeatedly, He wipes our sin away when we seek His forgiveness and repent. And He continues to come after us to draw us back to Himself. We are called to love others with this kind of respect. How can you do that today?
These have been words from the heart.