So the other day I was having a “conversation” online with someone. He was essentially going after an author who was talking about his journey with Yeshua. In his attack he was misquoting scripture. So I posted the scripture, about 6 of them actually, to the thread and didn’t say anything else. He then came after me a little, and again misquoted Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, and I again shared the actual scripture.
If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-2 TPT
This morning Abba started talking to me about the conversation and specifically about 1 Corinthians 13:1-2. I tend to get frustrated with the folks that spend their time trying to discredit different people that rise up as leaders or voices in Christendom. I ‘m not saying that some folks shouldn’t be evaluated, but there is a reason we have been given Holy Spirit and discernment. Our focus, if these people get off track, should be love and restoration not condemnation. I kept hearing Abba say “where is the love in all of this?” Pointing me back to 1 Corinthians. He then showed me how so many religiously use scripture, many times out of context or slightly twisted, to align with certain doctrines of man to abuse others. They will even say, “God is love”, but don’t have the relationship with Him to know what that love looks like on a personal level. In this, Abba was not only pointing out things to watch out for, but also for me to be aware in how I am walking in love.
We need to remember that when we are engaging others, regardless of how we feel or what they are saying, we need to engage with love. Even if we are helping to correct, guide, teach, or disciple, our focus must be love, over all things. Jesus didn’t wait till He felt like us to provide us access to the Father, the Father loved us and sent Jesus. For us to shine the light and share the love that Abba has given us is one of the most honorable way that we can show our love for Him.