At the Passover celebration where Jesus was with his disciples for the last time, Jesus gave a new commandment. It’s interesting we as believers look for that awesome power of God, and we should. Yet, in Jesus new commandment, it wasn’t His miracle working power that He declared w0uld show the world that we are his disciples. He didn’t say that when we healed the sick, cast out demons, or raised the dead that the world would know we are His. He said to love each other. This is the key! Faith and hope are great, but love is greater. In the context of I Corinthians 13, we can prophecy, speak in all languages, and have so much faith that we could move mountains, but without love it all means nothing. Power without love is temporary, because all these wonderful miracles will cease one day. Love will last forever.
John 13:34-35 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
I Corinthians 13:13 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
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King David was Israel’s greatest king though he dealt with conflict, wars, and murder even within his own family. His children fought against each other, murdered each other, raped each other, and even attempted to usurp his throne. Much of that strife was brought on as a result of his decisions earlier in life. Who would know better the need for harmony than a man whose life was filled with struggle?
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity (or harmony in some translations).
The idea was that living together was a good thing for fraternal blessing.
Just briefly consider “harmony”. In music, harmony does not mean everyone is singing exactly the same thing. Harmony is when more than one part are on different tunes but they go together. There is a saying that I have heard in my family that if two men always agree all the time, one of them is not necessary. It’s always nice to have a little differing opinions in order to sharpen each other. However, while we do not have to all look the same or sound the same, it is good for us to be together in harmony. It is logical then that it is not good for brothers to be in strife or fighting with each other. We don’t necessarily have to be on the same note with each other, but let’s work on our harmony.
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In an attempt to speak for myself here, I am sure I will generalize. So please excuse and forgive me in advance.
Is it possible to understand God? I love God, and I know God, but I think it’s impossible to understand God. His ways are above ours. For example, we learn the story of creation, and the story of salvation, and the story of judgment and reward. We think of these things in linear terms because that is what we understand. God was going along and decided to create the universe, the world, land/water, plants, animals, and man. But the bible says God has no beginning and end. I have to say, that makes me question the linear way we think about God.
God has no boundries of space and time. I believe he actually created time. An infinite God created a finite concept like space and time so that we could exist in it. God has no past. In the past, God is there. In the future, God is already there waiting (there is my linear thinking) for us. God is bigger than space. It’s mind boggling, but I believe it. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. And to think that he sees the sparrow that falls. He loves me, despite the fact that I cannot even understand his ways.
8″For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
9″For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
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