Pastors Pen - February 2017
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Pastor's Pen
February 2017
by Pastor Alan Darby

Dear Friends,

February is a month full of love. With folks giving flowers and chocolates, cards and candy to their loves on Valentine’s Day, there are red hearts popping up all over. The Bible has a lot to say about love. In fact, it has been called “God’s love letter” to His children. It says that “God is love” and that “God demonstrated His love toward us in that while were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Certainly God and His love is the perfect pattern or paradigm for us to love one another as He commanded us. The message translation of God’s word puts it like this, 1 Corinthians 13,

“But now I want to lay out a far better wat for you. If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

“Beloved, let love one another, for the one who loves is born of God and knows God, for God is Love.” (1 John 4:7 & 8)

In His Regard,

Pastor Al

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