In his letter to the Corinthian church Paul says that love is the greatest of all virtues. This article gives some reasons why this is so. In the famous passage in 1 Corinthians 13: 1 - 7 Paul the apostle extols the virtues of Christian love:
If I speak with tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feel the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endure all things. 1 Corinthians 13: 1 - 7
Minister Bro. Walter Jackson I
Assistant Minister Bro. Malcolm Waller
" You Can Stumble, But You Won't Fall "
Psalm 37: 23 - 24
" The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he falls , he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. " Since this is the second Sunday of 2017, I wanted to bring a message that would encourage us as we end an old year and begin a new one. My mind was drawn to these words of David in Psalm 37. Actually I found myself using them to encourage several people who were going through hard times, and I thought that the truth in this text would help all of us. One particular word in our text stands out in my mind. It's the word " though " that stands at the beginning of evrse 24. " Though he falls ".
Some translations say, " When he falls. " Note that it does not say " If he falls. " There is a big difference between " when and if ". The latter states a probability; the former declares a certainty. David understood that all believers fall eventually. We stumble, we lose are way, we struggle, and sometimes we trip and fall on our journey. No one is exempt. We all fall sooner or later. It's what happens when we fall that makes all the difference. We can summarize the teaching of this text in two simple statements:
1. God ordains every step we take - the good and the bad, the happy
and the sad, the positive and the negative.
2. God promises that when we fall, we will not be utterly destroyed.