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Hi

Last week I sent you the description below of love from the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13 from “The Message” by Eugene Peters.

1 Corinthians 13:

The Message

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self,
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have,
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head.
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first”,
Doesn’t fly off the handle.
Doesn’t keep a score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Put’s up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Never looks back,
But Love keeps on to the end.

Try reading it in a different version of the Bible, say, The New International Version (UK) or the New Revised Standard Version (Anglicised). Both are available online and free to read, from BibleGateway.com (NIVUK) and BibleGateway.com (NRSVA)
It’s amazing how depth and understanding are changed when you move from version to version – and they change from day to day and year to year. But it’s not the Bible that changes, but you -the reader.

Here are some questions about the meaning of the passage:

How easy is it to love like that?
What is the most challenging for you?
When I read that list, I see that my love is somewhat wobbly in comparison. There is a lot too much selfishness in my dealings with others.

So, what is the answer? 

God provided the answer.
He sent his son, Jesus to save us from our shortcomings. 
He lived to show us how-to live-in God’s way of love. 
He died so that we can let go of “yesterday” and start again.

We can talk to Jesus and say sorry that we hurt others or acted selfishly, and ask for his help. He helps us to make it right with those we have hurt and helps us to grow more like him.

Draw a picture of one of these ways of loving like: 

Love cares more for others than for self,
Or  Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have……
Or Draw a picture of some lovely flowers for someone you love.

Pray: 

Thank you Jesus for loving us just as we are. Thank you too that you can help us to grow in loving others as you love us.

Please note that we will be having Messy Church together, at Morley Central Methodist Church on the 6th June.

We need to keep everyone safe within the COVID rules, which are:

We can meet for one hour only 3.30 to 4.30We won’t be having tea together – Bring a bottle of water along if you’re likely to need a drink.

We need to know who is coming, so that we have a table for each family with all the things you will need for the craft.

We’re aiming to make it fun for all of you.

I know of two families who have said that they are coming. What about your family?

Love from Joy and the Messy Church Team