Saturday, 7 August 2021
Title: Genuine Love
By: Wong Yoke Ming
1 Corinthians 13:7
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
The word ‘love’ has been translated from the Greek word, Agape, which has often been used to romanticize “love” in novels, stories and, yes, even in a platform for imaginative lustful desires. But ‘love’ is the depiction of, not a relationship but, the basis for a one.
Paul’s words present a challenge to me in the very things that I do – are these acts done out of the charity in my heart as the Holy Spirit leads, or are they motivated by a desire for my own glory? This very same Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Galatia that verse, which I am so familiar with: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) Notice that it is the fruit of the Spirit, and as such there is only one manifestation.
The Christian author, Ray Stedman, wrote:
“Joy is love enjoying itself. Peace is love at rest. Patience is love willing to wait. Kindness is love’s reaction to other people. Goodness is love making righteous decisions. Faithfulness is love keeping its word. Gentleness is love empathizing with others. Self-control is love resisting temptation.”
So, love is not, as I may have thought, a natural human tendency to do good; it is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into my life that prompts me to live according to the Word. After all, the Apostle John reminded me that God is Love (1 John 4:8); and without Him, so Paul also reminded me, I am just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal with no coordinated harmony.
But now, I see the words of an Apostle who had spent three years with Jesus Christ, and the words of another Apostle, who never met Jesus but encountered His Spirit on the Damascus Road, come together in harmony. This, then, becomes to me the harmony of the Scripture, an inerrancy of the Scriptural message given through different human authors over the vast periods of time, not forgetting that prophecy began many millennia ago and authored by men who were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
This testimony alone, the harmony of three Apostles who together wrote twenty (twenty-one if we consider Peter as the source of the Gospel according to Mark) of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament.
In the so-called main line evangelical churches, the work of the Holy Spirit is seldom emphasized and yet Apostle John recorded in John 16 (verses 13-15) that “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” The harmony of the Scripture and the ‘oneness’ of the Father, Son and Spirit. Maranatha!
Lord Jesus, You remind me that without love, I am but a noisy gong and a clanging cymbal. For God is love, and You are God, and the Spirit takes what is Yours and declares it to me. Amen.
2021 年 8 月 7 日
翻譯 : 王靖端姐妹
“愛” 這個詞是從希臘語Agape (無私之愛 ) 翻譯過來的。這個詞經常被用來美化小說或故事中的「愛」，是的，甚至被滥用在一個充滿幻像力的淫蕩慾望的平台上。但是“愛”不是關係，而是對關係的描寫，也是一段關係的基礎。
基督教作家雷·斯特德曼 (Ray Stedman) 寫道：“喜樂是樂在其中的愛。和平是安息中的愛。忍耐是願意等待的愛。恩慈是對他人愛的回應。良善是作正確決定的愛。信實是堅定守諾的愛。溫柔是與他人感同身受的愛。節制是抗拒誘惑的愛。”