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This Sunday at Bethel
— 4th Sunday of Epiphany, Jan. 31, 2016
“If I don't do things with love, I gain nothing,” writes Paul in his great chapter on love (1 Corinthians 13).
The love Paul is talking about here is not a mood or a feeling. It’s more like a steadfast position of wanting good for the other person, and of acting on it.
In the adult class on the book of Ruth over the past few weeks, we learned the Hebrew word “hesed,” which is sometimes translated as “loving kindness” or “steadfast love.” It could also be translated as “loyalty.” All those elements go into the love that Ruth shows her mother-in-law Naomi as they journey together and seek to survive a time of famine.
All those elements—kindness, loyalty, steadfastness--are part of the love that Paul is talking about. It’s a love that is patient, kind, hopeful. That love doesn't come naturally to us. It’s God’s gift to us, which comes to us through God’s love. “We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19).
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