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Perfect love is coming!
By Dave Frodsham, lead elder, Jubilee Church Wirral
This blog is linked to “Perfect Love” Dave’s message from Sunday October 23.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.” 1 Corinthians 13:12a.
We only really notice how effective street lights are when they are switched off at night and we see how dark it really is, as they are essential for us getting around in the darkness.
But when the sun rises in the morning, we no longer need the street lights and their light; if the lights stay on, they have no impact whatsoever. I heard John Piper mention this in a sermon and thought it was such a helpful illustration when we think of spiritual gifts in relation to Jesus coming again.
We need spiritual gifts to be used with love, like Christ loved us until the day he comes again. They are like the street lights leading us to the dawn, when there will be no more need for their light.
“But when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:10
Spiritual gifts are essential for us to point people to Christ in this world, to love them like He did and to be the light through us directing them to God.
In 1 Corinthians 13: 8-13, Paul tells us that when the perfect comes all the partial things will pass away. Spiritual gifts, he says, are partial and so is our knowledge, even of ourselves and that we only know it like a reflection like looking in a bad mirror. On that day when we see Him face to face, we will know fully as we have been fully known by Christ.
We were recently in the Lake District and visited the house of Beatrix Potter, who wrote “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” over 100 years ago. She left the house, where she wrote many of her books, to the National Trust and it is being kept very much as it was.
In it was a mirror which reminded me again of this passage, it was very old and I could barely see my reflection in comparison to the reflection I see in my mirror at home. I know that when Jesus comes again, I will fully know myself – who I am rather than the image I see today. All will be well as it is Christ’s image I will see.
We need to have this eternal perspective, or hope as we go through our daily lives as we use our spiritual gifts to serve one another and the people around us. Jesus tells us in John 14: 1 not to let our hearts be troubled in this world but to believe in Him. He has gone to prepare a place for us, and promises to come again to take us there.
The way to get there is to believe and follow Him. If you were wondering why He’s taking so long, it’s not a building site and the rooms just aren’t ready yet. He is actually waiting for us to be all be ready for Him – He is patient in wanting all to come to repentance and be saved. (2 Peter 3:8-10)
So, love like Christ loved you, using the gifts that the risen Christ has given you, and we will all be praising and celebrating that Jesus is our saviour and Lord until that day – the day when the perfect love comes again.
Much love and God Bless,
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?