Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1 Cor.13 Love Contrasted To Sin


I have always been impressed with the “Love Chapter” in 1 Corinthians 13. I recently did an exercise that brought these truths into sharper focus. I simply contrasted the characteristics of LOVE and the opposite, SIN.
LOVE is…
SIN is…
Patient
Impatient
Kind
Unkind
Does not envy
Envies
Does not boast
Boasts
Not proud
Proud
Not rude
Rude
Not self-seeking
Self-seeking
Not easily angered
Easily angered
Keeps no record of wrongs
Keeps record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil
Delights in evil
Rejoices with the truth
Rejoices with lies
Always protects
Never protects
Always trusts
Never trusts
Always hopes
Never hopes
Always perseveres
Never perseveres
Never fails
Always fails
As I studied these two lists, I saw how SIN in me often wants to act and behave like the right hand column. It is not me, but SIN in me. This “beast” must always and only be controlled by the Holy Spirit. How are you doing these days? Are you allowing the LOVE of Christ and the Spirit flow in and out of you? Or are you being controlled more by SIN and your sinful nature? It is our choice. Choose LOVE. Choose LIFE.

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