|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Telling the truth”
Our Bible verse for today: “Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “If you truly love someone you will be truthful with them.”
At Oak Hill Baptist Church we have a pretty straight-forward and consistent way in which we approach our study of the Bible. For my Sunday morning sermons I select a book of the Bible for us to study. We begin in chapter one, verse one, and then whatever the next major theme in the progression of the book is, that’s the subject for this week’s sermon. I do not pick and choose only certain passages, and we don’t skip parts because they are hard or inconvenient or contain some words of truth that we don’t want to hear. We take it all exactly the way God gave it to us. The Bible is truth from God. It’s too important to toy with or to treat lightly or to simply skim over.
Currently we’re studying the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church. This week our sermon will be from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, which is commonly referred to as “the love chapter” of the Bible. In it Paul delivers a very powerful lesson about the importance and the characteristics of real love. If you’re in the Crossville area I invite you to visit with us. The worship service begins at 10:00. If you’re not close to us, you can listen to the recorded sermon online at www.oakhillbaptist.net. Just click on “listen” and then select the sermon and PowerPoint for October 21, 2018.
In 1 Corinthians 13 every reference to “love” is expressed using the Greek word “agape”. In the Greek language there are three different words for love: “eros” which is sexual love; “philias” which is brotherly love; and “agape”, which is unconditional love. It’s agape love that Paul writes about in this chapter. In verse 6 he tells us that agape love – pure, full, unconditional love, involves telling the truth.
If you really love someone you will be truthful with them. I point this out because being untruthful with someone damages your relationship with them. It undermines your credibility; it causes them to doubt you even when you are telling the truth; and it creates instability in homes.
I’ve conducted a lot of marriage and family counseling sessions over the years and I can tell you that it’s not uncommon for husbands and wives to lie to each other. And when one spouse has reason to doubt the truthfulness of the other, it creates instability in the relationship and that often leads to countless other problems.
Real love, true love, the agape kind of love, tells the truth. It celebrates and rejoices in truth. I encourage you to come to Oak Hill Baptist this Sunday and learn more about the role truth-telling plays in real love.