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Daily Devotional – July 25

 

I Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things

The verb stego (beareth) conveys the picture of one object on top of another, thus hinting of either support (by the lower object), or concealment (by the upper object). The ideas are not mutually exclusive – especially in this context.

Love supports, uplifts those who are in need of such. Jesus was constantly in trouble with His Jewish critics because of His encouragement of the downtrodden (Luke 15). Moreover, one who operates out of love will cover, i.e., be slow to expose, the mistakes of another. Love would far rather set about quietly mending things than publicly displaying and rebuking them. Of course there may be a time for the open exposure of wrong (1 Tim. 5:20), but this is certainly not the initial procedure.

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July 25, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

7 Comments »

  1. It souunds as though we must couple our love with Godly disernment, so that we can know what and how long a “thing” must be borne. And it sounds as though this discernment could easily be labeled “situation ethics.”

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 25, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hi Helen,

    I think there is an absolute right and wrong, it is just how one deals with it in charity. Its not so much the discernment as it is how we handle it.

    What do you think?

    -j

    Comment by bereans | July 25, 2006 | Reply

  3. Looking again, I think the problem for me lies more in your explanantion. How slow is “slow to expose”? You say, “Of course there may be a time for the open exposure of wrong (1 Tim. 5:20).” That indicates there is a judgement to be made as to when this exposure occurs. I have no problem believing the timing should be made under God’s guidance, but how is this not a judgement call?

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 25, 2006 | Reply

  4. You may be right, Helen. I think when we discern that something is wrong it is then incumbent upon us how we should act out of love. First we have to determine what our motive is for correcting another is…do we do it to help them, or just because we are self-righteous and want to judge them?

    Bottom line is that we support one another.

    Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

    Comment by bereans | July 25, 2006 | Reply

  5. You better believe it, brother.

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 25, 2006 | Reply

  6. If one disagrees with another on interpretation who should correct the other?
    Both?
    Remember Paul and Barnabas.

    Comment by Brian Reason | July 25, 2006 | Reply

  7. Yes, one went one way, one another. I don’t recall either calling the other bad names or starting a war agianst the other. (my Daddy can whup your daddy 🙂

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 25, 2006 | Reply


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