The Most Excellent Way

Sam Petitfils

"And yet I will show you the most excellent way."  I Corinthians 12:31

It's hard for Bible scholars to decide whether this last verse of I Corinthians 12 belongs in that twelth chapter, or over to the thirteenth.  But the original manuscripts had no chapter divisions, they came much later.  It's good to know this.

In this book of the Bible, the Corinthian Church was split over many issues.  They followed men instead of God, they were allowing immorality in the church, some were arrogant, while others dragged their brothers into court in lawsuits.  In this present Chapter 12, they split over spiritual gifts, which were designed as a blessing from God to help unify, not divide.  But then, Paul gets to the heart of the matter. 

The "most excellent way" is, of course, the practice of Christian love.  The Apostle John would phrase it almost as a poem:

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."  I John 4:7-8

Meditate on the following qualities found in I Corinthians 13:4-7:

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

If we had more heartfelt repentance, we would experience more unity in our churches, families, and society.  When love takes a back seat, our egos come out in full force, creating factions and fissures all over the place. Jesus prayed His disciples would be as one (John 17:11), and Paul would command his Christian readers to strive to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).

Beloved Let us Love One Another

Beloved let us love one another

For love is of God

And everyone who loves

Is born of God and knows God

He who loveth not knoweth not God

For God is love

Beloved let us love one another

First John Four Seven and Eight!

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