DNA: God Is Holy

Love does dna_screennot take delight in evil. Sunday pas­tor Bart defined evil as, “any­thing that breaks down a rela­tion­ship.” It isn’t just the mur­der­er, the big nasty things that are evil. It can be lit­tle things, any­thing that breaks down a rela­tion­ship, even to the point of look­ing for ways not to do the sim­ple good. It is yet anoth­er thing to take delight in evil. What is that?

It is reject­ing the truth. It is believ­ing a lie. When we begin to believe in the lies that are around us, we begin to delight in the evil that is around us as well… Ok, let me stop here.… Pastor Bart preached well and it is an impor­tant mes­sage we all need to hear. Go to Flatland Church’s web­site and lis­ten to it if you haven’t heard it (and if you have heard it, lis­ten to it again).

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. I kept wait­ing for our pas­tors to hit the main point of the chap­ter but that real­ly wasn’t their focus and truth­ful­ly, that is OK. God led them down the path that He want­ed us to hear. But I have to get this off my chest.

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is smack in the mid­dle of a dis­ser­ta­tion on the gifts of the Spirit and their use in the Body of Christ, espe­cial­ly dur­ing times when we gath­er togeth­er in His Name. The church in Corinth was appar­ent­ly hav­ing rather dis­or­der­ly ser­vices, with mis­use and even abuse of the gifts of the Spirit. Paul begins teach­ing the Corinthians and in turn us all about the gifts of the Spirit and the prop­er use of them dur­ing our cor­po­rate meet­ings. And then, as if Paul sud­den­ly smacks him­self up along the side of the head and says “Duh!” he switch­es gears for a sec­ond and starts talk­ing about love.

Now you could say, “whaaa?” What does love have to do with the gifts of the Spirt? Well, it has to do with God’s DNA (bring­ing it back to the ser­mon series). God’s love should become ful­ly and whol­ly a part of us. When we take on that love, when we gath­er togeth­er in His Name, our church ser­vices will be “right.”

I can’t but think that their were some in the church at Corinth that were belit­tling oth­ers in the church with regards to their “spir­i­tu­al defi­cian­cies” and boast­ing about their own “spir­i­tu­al great­ness.” This pride lead to mis­use, abuse, and dis­rup­tive behav­iour in the church. Paul has to cor­rect this.

I imag­ine Paul sit­ting there dic­tat­ing this let­ter. In the back of his mind he is think­ing, “Why in the world do I have to be teach­ing these guys the same things over and over again?” And sud­den­ly it hits him. Love! They just don’t have the prop­er love for one anoth­er. And so it inter­rupts his thought, gives them a def­i­n­i­tion of love (and shows us God’s DNA), tells them if they don’t have love for one anoth­er then the gifts of the Spirit are for naught, and final­ly con­tin­ues on with his teach­ings regard­ing the gifts of the Spir

Something just hit me. If we don’t have the gifts of the Spirit active in our gath­er­ings, we also will have trou­bles exhibit­ing love. Pastor Bart said some­thing like that in his ser­mon. He talked about a pro­tein called ATM that when it encoun­ters some DNA that is break­ing down, it fix­es it. He likened that to the Holy Spirit who changes our hearts and restores our spir­i­tu­al DNA.

Maybe Paul didn’t inter­rupt him­self after all. The gifts of the Spirit and our love for one anoth­er are intrin­si­cal­ly inter­min­gled. Without love, the gifts of the Spirit are for naught. Without the gifts of the Spirit, we will stug­gle in our love for one anoth­er. Let us rely on the Spirit to empow­er us to use those gifts He has giv­en us that we may love one anoth­er. Let us take on God’s DNA and love one anoth­er ful­fill­ing our call­ing to exer­cise the gifts of the Spirit as He would among the Body.

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