“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

- I Corinthians 13:4-7

As we have journeyed through the fundamental foundation of Faith Builders International over the last several weeks we have studied the message of Faith, Hope, and Love. This week we continue our discussions on love. “Love Is Our Response”.

Everyday we encounter people who can be unkind and hurtful, or those who treat us wrongly. You may be thinking of someone right now. Our ministry is designed to respond to the world with love, the God kind of love. I want to highlight the later part of verse five in Corinthians, that it states “ It keeps no record of being wronged”. Paul was speaking to the Church, stating that there are going to be people among you that may treat you in a manner that is unkind or hurtful, but to understand that our response is to believe the very best of people even when they may be at their worst. In my life, I have encountered people who mean well but commit to do something and then never follow through. I had a father who left at an early age, a stepfather who abused my Mom and I, and several other events in life that could have left me wounded. I have experience people in Church who have not been kind to me and very petty about things that are not important. Has that ever happened to you?

Paul wasn’t referencing the world mistreating you but rather that there are those among you that may mistreat you but your response is to understand that God’s love within you is patient and kind, it never demands its own way, and always rejoices when truth prevails. In other words, this love believes the best in others when they are at their worst. This can only be done once you have truly encountered the power of God’s love for you personally. Love towards others does not happen based on mental assent but as a response from our hearts. This doesn’t mean that you allow people to walk all over you, as I believe God has given us grace but also truth. This love never gives up on people, it never loses faith, and it always remains hopeful. So, when others mistreat you whether purposefully or not, choose to believe the very best of them. In doing this it delivers peace to your own life.

As a ministry we are committed to love those who have not only done wrong but a world who is lost and in desperate need of God. It is not just a message of hope but a message of faith that brings hope, and ministers love. It is a passion of this ministry to deliver not only messages in words but also in action through acts of kindness. There are those right now in my city whose parents hearts are breaking because their son or daughter must go through treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation to treat some form of pediatric cancer. There are parents today like Jeannie and I whose child has died and that are grieving that loss. There are many today who have lost their hope in God because of a crisis in their life. It is a mandate of our ministry to respond to others with the God kind of love. This love believes the best when things are are at their worst. This love is a love that casts down all fear and allows faith to arise within. This love never gives up even when you feel like the pain is too much to bear. This love remains hopeful even when you feel all hope is lost. This love is our response to our world. In two weeks we are going to outline our “Join In / Team Gavin Missions” campaign to you. We will be explaining the 4 areas of opportunity we are committed to serving in as a ministry and will invite you to consider partnering with us in this powerful movement.

Jeannie and I love each of you and pray for you often. May God continue to reflect His goodness in your life.