Posts tagged ‘1 Corinthians 13:4-7’

March 19, 2012

5 Thing I Try to Act Like I Believe

by pastortimfowler

Being a pastor is an amazing life of impossible situations made possible by God. I wish that all Christians could have the experience of spending a week in my shoes. No matter how awesome I think I am, and I know many of you agree with me, I am constantly facing challenges that need a supernatural intervention and I am never left disappointed. I don’t want to come across as some sort of spiritual super guy, but rather a guy that has learned through years of trial and error about how faith really works. My church must get tired of hearing about my faith and their faith in chairs, but you have to admit,it is a brilliant analogy. We sit in chairs because we have faith in chairs.
Faith is not what you believe, it is what you do because you believe. The New Testament book of James says that faith without doing something with it is dead. It means that if all we do is tell people that we believe but never act like it, then there is no real faith and nothing for others to believe in.
Situations are constantly presenting themselves to me in a way that I have to act before I can fully weigh the consequences and often they go against conventional thinking. But what I have learned through the years is that God can fix my mistakes better than He can deal with my lack of actions. I don’t underestimate God’s ability to guide my actions to accomplish His will. He can stop me from screwing up just as easily as He can give me success in doing something right. But if I refuse to do anything because I don’t believe God, there is nothing going to happen, for sure.
Here are 5 things I believe and try to always act like I believe:
1. Isaiah 55:9 “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”
I don’t understand everything, but I don’t have too. God understands everything and I want to act like I believe that.
2. Isaiah 55:11 My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow. It will not come back to me without results. It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do. God’s word is what is powerful, not mine. Even if people say they don’t believe, God will handle that, I don’t have too.
3. Hebrews 13:5 Be happy with what you have because God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you.” I am not alone. If I am doing what God says for me to do, even if no one else is with me, He is.
4. Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. Nothing is impossible when you trust in the truth and do it. NOTHING. Not acting because it feels impossible is denying the power God.
5. 1 John 4:16 We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God’s love live in God, and God lives in them. Not only does God love me, but HE IS LOVE. Love is a far greater motivator to action than fear.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant.
5 It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs.
6 It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth.
7 Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

June 16, 2011

Warm and Fuzzy

by pastortimfowler

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant.
5 It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs.
6 It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth.
7 Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up. Love never ends.

I am officiating a big wedding this weekend which made me start thinking about love.There are a few famous verses from the Bible that are read at almost every wedding before the vows are taken. I love to read and re-read them as a reminder of what love really is. Unfortunately too many couples enter into a marriage as in love as they will ever be and from that day it is a hopeless journey toward a divorce. It is sad that half of all marriages end in divorce and that doesn’t change among Christians. Maybe we don’t understand true love.
Society tells us that we can date until we find the perfect man or woman. Today there are any number of websites that can scientifically match you up with the perfect mate. We shop for our mates like we shop cars and even trade them in just as frequently. I keep waiting for the “buy here-pay here” wedding chapel to pop up in a neighborhood near you. Why we could even sell extended warranties on your marriage, how cool would that be? Or instead of a purchase we could just lease and have a new spouse every few years! Sound dumb? Well we are already acting like taking our potential spouse for a “test ride” is okay, so why not go all out?
My belief is that we do not fall in love, we fall into lust. We get trapped into focusing on the physical part of the relationship and the only emotions that we pay attention to are the warm fuzzy feelings that we get while dating. And if all that goes well, we move in together as a trial run, and only if we don’t fight too much, then do we even consider the marriage option. And then we decide to walk the aisle and tie the knot and we spend thousands of dollars for that special day all to have some guy in a suit ask you if you promise to take that person for whatever reasons, ’till death do you part. But, we don’t have any idea what we just said and don’t care when the sick, the poor, and the worse come along. All we want is the better, healthy, and rich.
I have been married for 31 years as of this July. I can tell you that I made mistakes before and after we were married, but I can also tell you that one day, we really got it. We realized that life was tough. (That required very little time and effort to figure out.) We realized that making it together was easier than making it alone. We realized that lust had turned to love because God was patient with us so we began to be patient. The love grew because we tried to be kind with patience. We stopped getting jealous because we were kind as we waited for each other to grow. We quit singing our own praises and started singing each others praises as we realized that we had nothing to be jealous about because of that kind person we had grown so patient with. We are still working on not being rude and selfish and irritable and stopped telling each other about the last time we did any of those wrong things because arrogance denies the needs of the other and keeps you from singing their praises and leads to jealousy which isn’t kind or patient. We stopped being happy with winning the fight and started telling the truth more instead of quoting the wrongs and being rude, selfish and irritable.  That helped us to sing each others praises more and led to less jealousy, more kindness and patience became easier. So we never stop being patient, we always believe that our marriage will never end because of hope, and we never give up no matter what life throws our way, because love never ends.
It isn’t easy, but nothing easy is worth much anyway. We still have the lust for each other, but it is fueled by love and only focused on each other. Love never ends because it is alive and grows. Feelings come and go, but love is here to stay. Study the verses in the beginning and grow your love God’s way and you will have plenty of time to be like us…Still, warm and fuzzy after all these years.