Love in the body of Christ is a message proclaimed loud and clear in 1 Corinthians, and especially in chapter 15, which we come to in our read-through-the-Bible plan today:
- Verse 14: “Let all that you do be done in love.”
- Verse 20: “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” …. love expressed among believers in the body.
- Verse 22: “If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed.” … love must be genuine in the body of Christ, not hypocritical.
- Verse 24: “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.”
Paul’s letter comes out of a deep, love and concern for the Corinthians. It’s like God’s love for us. The writer of the book of Hebrews says, “…Those whom the Lord loves He disciplines” (12:6).
So even though there are tones of rebuke, though he had hard things to say, Paul is loving them. He began his letter, “I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you….” (1 Corinthians 1:4-6).
Our love for others may have to be tough-minded at times, but because of the grace of God, we can be optimistic, hopeful, confident, and very grateful.