If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easy angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13
This is one of my favorite verses of all time and I had always thought of it more in terms of how you treat family, friends, and husband until recently. I know the verse is talking about loving others as Jesus has loved us, but recently I’ve had realized the importance of this verse in the bigger picture of things. As I mentioned in my last blog post I own a Pro-life page on FB and with it has come much opposition from friends, family members, and of course those who do not agree with our beliefs who come on the page to start trouble. Through this I’m having to learn how to show love in spite of opposition. It isn’t always easy because sometimes emotions try and take over with such a heavy and important subject as the sanctity of life. Of course, that is why God has given us His word to help us.
When I started my Pro-life page and started posting about my beliefs as a Pro-life christian woman I expected opposition from those who don’t share those beliefs. However, to see so much opposition and argueing within the Pro-life movement was surprising to me. Maybe that makes me naive since I know that everyone is different and there are many different religions, beliefs, and backgrounds surrounding the Pro-life movement as a whole. Although, I didn’t expect that when we started posting about showing post-abortive women compassion that we would have so many who were opposed to it. I am so disappointed to find such a lack of compassion for those women. I know that these women had an abortion, which clearly killed their baby and some may not even feel remorse about it. I know that abortion is murder and I know that it is a sin. However, we all have sinned and fall short. What these women need is prayer and to be shown the love of Jesus. You can speak the truth in love. One of the issues we brought up on the page was that post abortive women should not be called names such as; murderer. Many people commented on this saying things such as; “Why not. that’s what they are?” etc. They basically missed the point of the post entirely. We weren’t saying that abortion wasn’t murder. We were saying that post-abortive women should be shown the love of Jesus and not have names thrown at them. They should be shown the same love and compassion that God has shown us despite our many sins. I truly believe that noone will be won over to the saving grace of Jesus by name calling and pointing fingers, but by being shown the love of Jesus by those who call themselves His followers. Yes, the truth should be spoken and should not be sugar coated, but showing judgement and condemnation is not the way to do it. I bet if any one of us had someone point their finger at us and call us by the sins we have commited in our lives we would get defensive and close our hearts to anything else that person had to say. How can we expect a post-abortive woman or someone who isn’t a christian to react any different? That is why I feel so disappointed in seeing the lack of compassion among Pro-life christians. We should not be a “resounding gong” or a “clanging symbol”, we should be patient, kind, keeping no records of wrong, and not easily angered. We should not be prideful and we should not dishonor others. That is how this verse pertains to the bigger picture even outside of our interactions with our family and friends. We are to show true love, the love of Jesus, to everyone…even those who are still living in sin. Even those who sin in a way we particulary disapprove of. It isn’t about us….it’s about Jesus and it’s about how much He loves each one of us. Jesus loves that post-abortive woman just as much as He loves you! He wants that person to be saved just as much as He wanted you to be saved. Jesus tells us to preach the good news to others so that they may be saved. That is our purpose! It isn’t our purpose to judge and condemn, but to bring those who are lost to Jesus! To do that we must show them the love and compassion Jesus has shown us. So let us not be resounding gongs or clanging symbols who shout out condemantion and judgement at people who sin differently then we do, but be a light in this lost world by showing the world the love spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13!
Love in Christ,