Tuesday, September 25, 2018
1st Corinthians 13:4-8a: 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.
This coming Sunday, we are wrapping up our summer long series about our Vision and Mission. Faith Lutheran Church and School of Huntsville, Texas is the people "Where the Love of Christ lives." The five arteries of our heart are, "Loving Jesus," "Loving God's Word in Action," "Loving our Community," "Loving our Children," and "Loving one Another."
How do we make this Vision heart beat vigorously? Through each artery, this mission flows: Equip the faith, Encourage the hope, Engage the love.
Where is Love?
Watch the news. Watch how people treat one one another. Do you observe love? I don't when I watch. I watch selfishness, impatience, rudeness, arrogance, pride, vindictiveness. I see people always angry, always afraid of the next shadow or the next accusation.
I sometimes see this behavior amongst the people of God. Believers are human beings, too. We still struggle with ourselves. We have to remind our sinful nature that through faith in what Jesus did, and the love He gave, the sinful person has been drowned and is dead. The new person, the one who knows God's love through Jesus' sacrifice, repents when love is not lived out, confesses to God and pleads for forgiveness. And he or she receives God's love and forgiveness and starts over.
Love is Here!
It is "in, with, and under" God's people; people who believe in the sacrifice of Jesus' life for theirs. Love is in the people whose lives are reborn by the Grace of God given freely through Jesus, the Son of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the love as God describes through St. Paul is in you.
You believe, right? Then love is here. It's in you. And love is everything.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.