Love that Completes

1 Corinthians 13:10

“But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be cancelled” (The Message Paraphrase)

 “But when Perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” (New International Version)

 I’ve read 1 Corinthians 13 a million times have heard it read at  weddings a million and one but I never saw the significance of this chapter, in particular this verse, until yesterday!  My Pastor is preaching about Powering Up our lives and in the next few weeks he’s going to be going through the Spiritual fruits.  This week’s was LOVE and it was absolutely amazing.  The main point to this message was that we need to first understand and have UPward love (love towards God) before we can truly understand and know how to give OUTward love (love towards people) and true INward love (self-love; a true understanding of how God loves us manifested in the way we treat ourselves). 

 But that’s not what I was totally mesmerized by!!  He gave us two homework assignments: 1. Read 1 Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter LOL) in the Message Paraphrase and 2. Increase your love this week.  Find ways to let the love God has for you flow through you and onto someone else. 

Well I read that chapter and one verse just popped out to me!! Verse 10 said it all!!

 “But when the COMPLETE arrives, our INcompletes will be CANCELLED”

 MY GOD!!! When He, Jesus, who is totally complete, totally perfect in all His ways, arrives in our life, He removes everything that was imperfect or incomplete!  When we allow Him to come in and take over He fills us and completes us.  Perfect LOVE (God, Jesus) drives out all FEAR (1 John 4:18) When His love, the kind He describes in Corinthians, envelopes us, all fear is gone and we have total confidence to move and be.  God is 1 Corinthians 13 LOVE and we should strive to embody those verses!

 1 John 4:18 “…The one who fears is not made PERFECT in love.”

If there is fear in your heart about love, about the ability to or the ability of BEING loved in this way you do not have an understanding of what God is and has given us. Did you hear me?? If we are fearful of love in anyway, we don’t truly understand God, understand all that He has given us!!! That hit me like a ton of bricks.  I We have to constantly remember  that the Perfect has already come in the form of Jesus Christ.  With Him we are complete and have the capacity to love in the way it is described in 1 Corinthians 13.  We must get a hold of these verses and believe that: 

  1. Love like this exists because God exists and He is love (1 John 3:10)
  2. We can exude this kind of love in our lives because God exists and resides w/in us
  3. We can find this love in the world because God’s people inhabit this earth

 We are no longer incomplete.  Understanding that is the key to truly understanding how to really live a life full of LOVE (real love; the God is LOVE kinda love).

TASK for the week:

This week I’m going to be finding ways to love someone as described in 1 Corinthians 13. I would love for you to join me in this quest!! Can’t wait to hear about your love adventures!!!

BTW read that chapter in the Message paraphrase  if you can.  It will change your life!!! Verses 12-13 were crucial ones too!! lol