1/9/21-Weekly Letter from Pastor Melvin

Melvin-head-shot

Dear Church Family,

As I’ve reflected this week in our interactions with one another as the body of Christ, my thoughts repeatedly returned to a very familiar passage of Scripture. It is a passage that talks about how we serve one another in the church, as believers in Jesus Christ. This passage is one that is often misused among believers and non-believers alike because of its beauty, directness, and ease of understanding. However, it is specifically and contextually talking about how we are to serve one another as Christians in the church of Jesus Christ. I’m sure many, if not all of you, have figured out what Bible passage I’m referring to. If not, here it is:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:1-8a, 13)

May we love one another as Christ commands and so show ourselves to be true follows of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (John 13:34-35).