Monday, December 1, 2014

Nosophobia (1 Corinthians 13:1-4)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “nosophobia.”  I have been reading from the book of first Corinthians lately.  The church there had a pretty big task.  They were pretty much in the middle of some straight up sin madness!  It was almost like planting the very first church in the middle of Las Vegas.  Could you imagine having that task?  Most of us would not be able to handle that kind of pressure.  But, the Apostle Paul knew that the people could survive.  He wrote the church a couple of letters, of which we know.  I love what he has to say right before the famous love passage in chapter 13.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” ~1 Cor 13:1-4

I would imagine that there were probably some moments in this church where the people do not think they are going to make it.  With all of the sin that was around them, this disease spread by the Evil One was very rampant.  And I think we can all relate… this being flu season, I feel like sometimes I am suffering from an acute case of nosophobia, - the fear of disease!  Well, this is what the people in Corinth were dealing with.  Sin was trying to overtake them at an incredible rate.  The only hope that the people had was to cling to one another and love each other like their lives depended on it; and their spiritual lives DID depend on it.  

Here’s my question: is your life a clanging symbol, or something that others could look towards as a spiritual melody?  My prayer is that you read the Scriptures and ask God to give you an attitude of love, and all situations.  As Christians, we are called to love one another so that each person might have a good representation to follow.  I know you can do it.  God has his hand upon you.

Praying for you,


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