240112 – Walking in Love 行在爱中

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (Amplified) If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction].  And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing.  If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.

We are very blessed to live in this century. We are blessed with an abundance of biblical information and online recorded sermons of renowned speakers across the world. We have read and even experienced spiritual revival during our time. We have seen tremendous manifestation of the work of the Holy Spirit in churches across the world. We have a “buffet” of teachings from Evangelicals to Charismatics.

Unfortunately, the Apostle Paul is very clear in this passage that we will be nothing but a “noisy gong or a clanging cymbal’ if we just have Biblical knowledge and the gifts of the Holy Spirit but not have love. God’s kind of love. Of course, we should use God’s kind of love to serve both the people in the church and outside the church. We will be able to minister to one another better with unconditional love as the foundation in everything that we do.

Spiritual maturity is not measured by knowledge acquired about the Bible nor being a Bible scholar though it is important to know the Bible well. Neither is spiritual maturity measured by our abilities to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual maturity is measured by how we walk in love towards God and people.

The Apostle Paul was dealing with strife and division in the church of Corinth when he taught them about the importance of love. We are nothing if we do not show love even if we have all knowledge, faith and the full manifestation of the gifts. You and I would not have many changes in our lives until we choose to put into practice what we have read, heard and learnt especially in the area of love. We can be hearers of the word but if we are not doers of the word then we are deceiving ourselves.

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV) Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us,

When we choose to imitate Christ, We allow the Agape love to flow out of us. We choose to be a peace maker just like God. We choose to re-establish relationships when there is a strain in the relationship. We choose to accept people and extend grace to them. We show mercy to those who least deserve our love and grace.

Sermon Series – How to Love (Part 4)


行在爱中

哥林多前书131-3我若能说万人的方言,并天使的话语,却没有爱心(对他人的爱,即使神先爱我),然后我就变成了一个鸣的锣或响的钹一样;(像是只作令人讨厌的干扰声音)我若有先知讲道的恩赐,又明白各样的奥秘,具有各样的知识,〔并将神的新道传给百姓〕我若有全备的信心,叫我能够移山,却没有爱心,我就算不得什么。我若将所有的周济穷人,又舍己身叫人焚烧,却没有爱,这对我一点益处也没有。

能生活在这个世纪,我们何等蒙福。我们有幸拥有丰富的圣经信息和世界各地著名讲员的在线布道录音。在我们的时代,我们读过甚至经历过属灵复兴。我们已经在世界各地的教会中看到了圣灵工作的极大彰显。从福音派到灵恩派,我们享有的是“自助餐”式的教导。

不幸的是,使徒保罗在这段经文中清楚表明,如果只有圣经的知识和圣灵的恩赐,却没有爱– 神的爱,我们就只会是一面鸣的锣或响的钹。当然,我们应该用 神的爱来服事教会内外的人。我们将能够凡事都以无条件的爱作为基础,更好地为彼此服务。

尽管通晓圣经是件要紧的事,但属灵的成熟度却并不以得悉多少关于圣经的知识来衡量,也不以成为圣经学者来衡量,更不看我们运作属灵恩赐的能力。灵命是否成熟是看我们如何在爱中对 神和对人。

当使徒保罗教导哥林多教会关于爱的重要性时,他正那里处理纷争和分裂。即使我们拥有所有的知识、信心和恩赐的充分显现,如果我们不表现出爱,我们就什么都不是。你我的生命不会有太多的改变,除非我们选择把我们所读到的、听到的和学到的东西付诸实践,特别是在爱的领域。我们可以是听道者,但如果我们不能把这道行出来,那么我们就是在自欺了。

以弗所书51-2所以你们要效法神,好像蒙慈爱的儿女一样。也要凭爱心行事,正如基督爱我们,为我们舍了自己,当作馨香的供物和祭物,献与神。

当我们选择效法基督,我们就允许 神的爱从我们里面流出。我们选择成为与人和好的人,就像 神一样。当关系紧张时,我们选择重新建立关系。我们选择接受别人,并施恩与他们。我们怜悯那些最不配得我们的爱和恩典之人。

讲章系列: 如何去爱(第四部分)

​Image Source: pixabay.com