1 Up and 1 Down – Evie 1 Corinthians 13:13

Posted: November 15, 2010 in 1 Up and 1 Down

1 Corinthians 13:13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

i’ve decided to begin with verses 8 thru 10 and i switched to the Message. Less words.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

It’s all great stuff but that last line is stirring my heart. “When the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. my initial thought is, of course when Jesus returns all of mans or my incompletes will be canceled. But, i don’t see this as something i’m waiting for, but rather something that i experience every day since being born again. Not a destination, but the journey of a lifetime. In my life are many incompletes, as the Complete arrives daily, it exposes the incompletes one by one, day by day, minute by minute. As i recognize them and repent from them they are canceled. i may have to revisit this one day.

 11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. i shared recently that sometimes i am a warrior and other times a child.

Gurgled: to flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current.

Cooed: to utter or imitate the soft, murmuring sound characteristic of doves.

So like a child means irregular, noisy, at one moment and then soft sounding like a dove. Reminding me of my expected trip to see family. Three grandsons and our two children that all fit that description in a way. Gurgling and cooing?!

12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

 There is incompleteness that i don’t see. There could be a couple of reasons for that. It says, like a fog or mist. The fog or mist could be other things that have captured a portion of my attention and so i do not see the Complete as it is. Then the fog or mist could be the Complete prophesying to what is coming. Giving  me just a glimpse of incompletes in my life. At the same time letting me know that He is here to assist me in canceling them. Either way at some time, the Complete will be clear, as will the incompletes and the opportunity for the incompletes to be canceled will be in my hands.

 13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

It says, “we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation.”  i am not to sitting around waiting for this to take place but in my, trusting steadily in God, hoping unswervingly, and loving extravagantly, i am in the process. Actions of faith for me at this point. i trust, hope, and love by faith. The Complete comes, i repent (turn away from) my lack of trust, my deferring of hope and my unwillingness to love. The Complete cancels my incompletes. Love is not the answer but the assignment, “love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us”.  i realize that my hope, my “joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation,” deferred has made my heart-sick. my lack of trust “conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things,” has set my course in a wrong direction.

Much thanks Evie for your choice of this verse. I think i need to put on my “Headphones” and continue to meditate.

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