Walking With the Lord is a weekly pause we take here at Ruby in the Rough to focus on the things of the Lord. Sometimes it will be a devotional, a poem, or a lesson from our church that stood out as being particularly applicable.
This evenings service was on love, and taken from 1 Corinthians 13. My dad (who happened to be preaching this evening) read through the chapter right before he closed, substituting Christ's name for charity (or love, depending on your translation). Read through it, it's amazing how accurate it is.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not Christ, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Christ, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Christ, it profiteth me nothing.
Christ suffereth long, and is kind; Christ envieth not; Christ vaunteth not himself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave himself unseemly, seeketh not his own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Christ never faileth: but whether there are prophecies, they shall fail; whether there are languages, they shall cease; whether there is knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, Christ, these three; but the greatest of these is Christ. 1 Corinthians 13
Switching Christ's name for Love/charity didn't change the passage much at all. Christ was the perfect model of agape love. Now here are a few more verses for you to think about:
Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:6, ESV)We are to be imitators of Christ, walking in the same way he walked, matching our footprints to His footprints. If that is true, and if Jesus Christ is the definition of Love as found in 1 Corinthians 13, then we should be living in such a way that our own names could be substituted for love in that same passage.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21 ESV)
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13:13-17 ESV)
I know that I couldn't substitute my own name in there and the passage still be accurate. Nonetheless, we are supposed to be growing more Christlike every day, and so we should strive to make this passage true--regardless of whether it is our name or Christ's in there.
Could YOU go through all of 1 Corinthians 13 (esp. verses 4-8) and substitute your name in there as I substituted Christ's? Would it still be accurate? Would it be true? Would it make sense? Or is this an area that you are working on?
Originally published August 3, 2005