1 Corinthians 13
(King James Version)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth  not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;  whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought  as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly;  but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
The LORD has given us instruction on how we are to live as Christians, and it surely must grieve His heart to see the way we treat each other, as with the bickering that goes on amongst us as though we are unregenerated worldlings instead of children of the King.
I am as guilty as anyone of not being as kind, patient, or loving as I should be to others and my prayer is “LORD, let this wickedness stop with me.”
If it means I must bear patiently with insults, then so be it.
If it means I lay my life down for others, then so be it.
If it means I stand back and let others go before me, then so be it.
I pray that each of us will remember that Christ died for our Christian brothers and sisters and we will bear patiently with one another.Amen.
Originally published October 10, 2009