Friday, February 24, 2012


1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. {2} 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 charity, I am nothing. {3} And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

I usually make a practice after I preach of telling my congregation that I love and appreciate them.  These are not empty words, I really do love and appreciate them and I have loved and appreciated every congregation God has allowed me to minister to.  After I said that one morning a church member told me, "You are the only pastor we ever had that told us he loved us."

I was not only surprised, I was shocked.  The ability and the willingness to love people has been one of the greatest gifts that God has given me in the ministry. 

I have lacked many things in my ministry.  I haven't had the greatest education and this can hinder the ministry.  My speaking ability is a little rough around the edges and to be honest there are a lot of mysteries that I don't understand well enough to explain them to others.  I have only a little faith (I do have it in a Great God though).  So far I haven't bestowed all my goods to feed the poor and I am certainly not in any big hurry to be burned.

Having said all that, the one thing I do have and it has carried me through my entire ministry is a heart full of love for God's people. When I can do nothing else, I can love.  Why should this be so hard?

I am saved because God loved me in spite of everything and I think he has commanded us, "Now you go and share this love with a world who needs it."

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