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1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
When was the last time you heard these verses read? Yeah, me too. These words were not written for weddings, but for the church! Just stop and think about that for a minute! From the very beginning of the history of the church God’s people were not very good at following the loving example of their Lord! During this transition are you being patient? Or demanding to know exactly what is going on to find a new pastor?! Are you being kind? Or taking every chance you can get to point out what others are doing wrong? Are you insisting on your own way? Or are you bearing the burdens of others? Are you filled with hope?! We should always be doing this, but right now at Shepherd of the Hills we have a perfect opportunity to love each other. Let’s do the hard, “excellent” work of love.