“Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself,
is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.
Beareth all things, believeth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth …” – 1 Cor. 13: 4-8

 

We were in Berlin, visiting Holocaust memorials and museums. Oh, how we felt the deep heaviness of this haunting history.

When Sunday came, we found a church within walking distance from our hotel. Fully anticipating German sermons (unfortunately, we don’t speak German), we were pleasantly surprised when an elderly American came to the pulpit. The man was Colonel Gail Halvorsen, also known as the Candy Bomber.

During World War II, Halvorsen served as a pilot and, on his own, began airdropping candy to starving children in Berlin. The service caught on, and quickly spread sweets and hope to thousands of innocent little ones.

Halvorsen (now 97 years old – wow!) talked about multiplying goodness and then said something I’ll never forget – it was about the Dead Sea. He said the Dead Sea is dead because it gives nothing. It only takes. Being landlocked, its water never spills into an ocean; and being one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, nothing can live in it.

“…it wraps its arms around all the fresh water of the Jordan and gives out nothing,” Halvorsen said.

We came to earth to live. To be alive. Alive in Christ. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22).  And the way to be alive in Christ, is to give love like Christ.

Charity is defined as the pure love of Christ, and the Biblical description of charity proves that its key characteristics points outward:

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
charity envieth not;
charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up

Doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own,
is not easily provoked,
thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth

Beareth all things,
believeth all things,
hopeth all things,
endureth all things.

Chraity never faileth …”
– 1 Cor. 13: 4-8

So, for those of us feeling a bit deadened by the world we live in, the answer is clear = Give love. Love so purely that it’s Christ-like. Love so freely that your life is lost for it.

Benjamin Franklin said, “a man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
Christ says, “…whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25) … and what an eternally marvelous life it will be!

The Inspiration:
1 Cor. 15:22
Matthew 16:25

The invitation

Give love. We may try to lock our hearts, guard our hearts or build a wall around our hearts to serve as protection … but cutting off circulation causes death. Let us choose to be alive in Christ by giving love freely like Christ. Charity never faileth.

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Jessica Poe
Jessica Poe is a mother of three, a collector of divine details and author of, Everyday MOMents: Discovering Christ in the Details of Motherhood. Jessica and her homeschooling family live under the lively green trees of Oregon; where their hearts flutter for bird watching, berry picking and basking in small, natural daily doings. Read more inspirational musings from Jessica at www.jessica-poe.com/blog
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