“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 11:31
If you have been wondering what the more excellent way is since last week’s message, don’t worry because I won’t keep you wondering any longer. The more excellent way is love. Paul began his letter to the Corinthians saying that even though they were experiencing all the spiritual gifts (1:7), they lacked love. And it was because of their lack of love that envy, strife and division entered into their church body. It must have been a glorious morning for Paul when he picked up his pen and began writing this powerful passage on love.
It has been well said that love is the circulatory system of the body of Christ. For when “the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5)” we are filled with the “fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control (Galatians 5:22).” Once a body is full of the Holy Spirit there is no longer room for envy, strife and division because there is only room for love. This is the abundant life Christ spoke of and this is why love is the more excellent way.
There was a lot of confusion about love in the Corinthian church, and that confusion certainly remains today. This is proven by the existence of envy, strife and division that we still see in the church. Are you experiencing envy, strife and division in your life? If so, you will not want to miss Sunday’s message on 1 Corinthians 13 titled “A More Excellent Way”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!