A day late and probably more than a dollar short but here goes:
Chapter 13 – Oh dear. This chapter always causes me to hang my head in shame. Love. Well, isn’t it easy to say you love something or somebody but when you read the actual and true definition of love it makes you stop and think. V 4-7 are words you hear often at weddings and different occasions and sometimes popular scripture can lose it’s sting when you hear it often but don’t listen to it. So to read it almost everyday makes you sort of take note. And when I take note I can’t help but see my errors. I’ll keep it real, I have a very hard time with this love thing. Always have. I don’t know why. I guess I’m not letting the Lord do the work He needs to do in my heart. That’s not good. I, as usual, have work to do…or, In this case, have work for the Lord to do. I can’t do it myself so why do I keep trying?
I liked chapter 14. Just because it was a good explanation of the whole speaking in tongues thing. Pretty clear to me that if you are gonna speak in tongues, you need an interpreter. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there is even any question about that. I don’t mean to offend if you are reading this and you are on board with the whole tongues thing but it’s pretty clear here what protocol is for that sort of thing. And I get the feeling that “tongues” isn’t just some gibberish but an actual language that existed at that time. I might be taking some liberties there but that’s what I sort of think. That it was used for non-believers from other places to understand the gospel. Anyway, just thinking about that and thought it was interesting.
15 v 10 But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 11 So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed. (NLT) Ok, so I work hard, God works hard through me and then there are results, yes? Seems simple, eh? why is it so hard? Can ya tell I’m having a struggle here people? 🙂
15 v 29 If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again? Does anyone know what this means? I’ve always wondered that. Before I was saved, I studied Mormonisn for awhile and they do this. I never understood it. Mormons presented it as a way to get to heaven after you are dead. Your relatives can get baptized for you or something and then you are a-ok. I doubt that’s what this means since we know you have to trust Jesus BEFORE you die. Just wonderin’.
I’m not so good at this reviewing lately…but I’m trying really hard to do the reading. Off to be inspired and convicted by the rest of you reviewers!