Wondering whose side the next person is standing? Here’s a little test that helps define motives. Motives that are driven by God the Almighty gives. Examples: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” And John 10:10 “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Alternately the beginning of John 10:10 tells the motives of those not on God’s side; “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…”
Simple enough. However, depending on one’s own perspective, colored by their experience, they can rationalize anything being a theft against them. So what is the determining factor? Love. Yes love. A four letter word not used much these days. At least not used as it is defined by the word of God. The scriptures give many illustrations of love. Perhaps the most popular is the description in I Corinthians 13, verses 2-8. It is also fascinating that this chapter also contains another popular scripture verse, verse 11; “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Now, if you have not gleaned that these articles are not written by a theologian or someone who has a Doctorate of Divinity let it once and for all be said here. They are not. Though, they are writings of one who actively cultivates a relationship with Christ and does not seek to lead you astray. Perish the thought! And with the great quantity of churches and ministers available please consult those if that is the type of knowledge you are seeking.
Moving on to the point, it is interesting that the scriptures choose to mention love and maturity in the same breath. It’s as if you must have a level of maturity to use love as it is described here in Corinthians.
Other four letter words that are expressed better the more mature one becomes; Lord, holy, life, live, give, gift (specifically spiritual), lead (as in leader). Hopefully the picture has been artfully drawn (written). The point? Maturity is an important component to four letter words that have the power to affect large groups of people. Which brings us to five letter words to describe that large group of people: world, earth, USofA (technically not a word but it gives a much needed aesthetic perspective to this picture).
Remarkable. This article took an odd turn. Four and five letter words were not the theme that started this article. Yet it seems to be the theme of this writer. It is tempting to leave this article on a cliffhanger. Can’t do it.
Five letter word? JESUS
Four letter word? PRAY