I strongly suspect that we’ve gotten it all wrong. Without love, I’m nothing. And I don’t mean this in a hearts-and-flowers, chocolates-and-wine kinda way. Deep down, to the core, something is really wrong with our faith when we have such trouble loving each other.
And then every now and then someone gets it right. We recently had a situation in our church that could have been very divisive, that could have resulted in all kinds of fundamentalist vs. liberal bickering. But it didn’t. Why? Because our elders and ministers refrained from this and encouraged dialogue instead. They drew our attention to the hundreds of times Jesus and the apostles valued love and unity over all else. And when Jesus prayed for us, He prayed specifically that we would be one, just as Jesus is one with God (John 17:11). I feel truly blessed to be a part of this particular congregation, and it was inspiring to see love in action through that situation. But it took a lot of inner work to back down from that ledge, to say to someone “I may not agree with you, but that’s okay.”
May we so strongly seek the love of Jesus that we’re willing to do this work, to go through the trouble of truly loving each other.
And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2