IN REMEMBRANCE by Pastor Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson Introduction: How many of you would agree that smells can trigger a memory from the past? You’re at a hotel swimming pool and the smell of chlorine reminds you of playing in the pool as a kid. You smell apple pie and it takes you back to grandma’s... Continue Reading →
The Corinthians were treating each other hatefully during the Communion part of the Love Feast. What was supposed to be a somber moment became a shameful display. Paul had to chastise them and take them back to the fateful night when Jesus celebrated the final Communion with his disciples. Paul commands the Corinthians to examine their hearts and to see if they are ready to take part of such a great meal.
In the concluding message titled “Love is Liberating,” Paul reminds the Corinthians that true love never ends. It doesn’t have any limitations. It doesn’t use any threats and fears. In fact, it brings a sense of freedom that allows the other person to flourish and love back without any barriers.
Here Paul goes deep into the human heart. Have you ever wondered why we feel a sense of relief and glee when others go through a difficult time? Where does this come from? This is our sinful nature peeking through. Please don’t misunderstand – this does not mean that we throw a party whenever something bad happens to others. I’m only referring to that momentary sin of self-preservation and gloating that infects all of us. Love cannot flourish in such an atmosphere. This message will encourage us to seek God’s forgiveness, healing, and restoration in our life and relationships.
Many people like to focus on the weaknesses of others or point out their failures. True love allows the other person to put down their guard, knowing that they are in a safe zone and they won’t be attacked, ambushed, or shamed. Are you the kind of person who helps people relax around you or are you the kind of person who loves to agitate others? This message is titled “Love is Disarming.”
Immature people are rude and crude. They say and do things without regard to the feelings of others. They only think of self and how they can benefit from a situation. True love cares about how others feel.