creative love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

It is said that where there’s a will, there’s a way. That love will find a way. In the context of the passage quoted above it is really not about that, but about loving each other and living in the unity of love and how no one’s individual achievements or abilities means anything apart from that love.

A legitimate, secondary application from it can be in terms of creative love. How we can serve Christ and others in a given context, when it seems that the doors are closed. That is when we need to be in prayer and ready to think outside the box, to receive from God what might be outside the box, even if it ends up being strikingly simple.

I can’t help but think of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 followed later by his feeding of the 4,000. With scant resources, and in the context of those passages one could argue that Jesus actually expected his disciples to do this kingdom work in the authority and power they had from him (see Tim Gombis’ post, “Jesus Expects Disciples to Inhabit the Kingdom”).

Even if you’re not fully persuaded of that idea, just as I am not, we can look for God’s answers to prayer and for his mighty works perhaps in unexpected ways right in front of us. Or in other ways according to his working and will.

Creative love in the faith and hope that is in Jesus.

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