Pastor Ed Geleske started our new series with a challenge to make love our foundation. Like the Corinthians, we sometimes try to impress one another with our knowledge, our wisdom, our generosity, or our spiritual abilities. None of these achievements is likely to have any lasting significance unless they are done in love. Ed asked the congregation to think about the people who have made the biggest impact in their lives: it is likely someone who loved us in a powerful way. Love should be the foundation of who we are as individuals and as a church. We're currently looking at goals, plans, and visions for the future of our church, but as Ed reminded us we need to make love the foundation upon which we build. We'll continue to explore what it means to change the world through love over the next five weeks of the series.
Christ's act of sacrificial love upon the cross still impacts all of us thousands of years later.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3