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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Love disrupts

1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

We were celebrating our Thanksgiving this year and though we were down one family, our home was a buzz. Kids were running out the back door, around the house, through the garage, and having a great adventure! They were yelling, fighting off monsters, forging through the forbidden forest of the backyard, combating villains and even slayed a dragon. Well, it was just a rat and I think it was on its last leg. It took a ‘nap’ in the trash can. Among the screams, sticky finger prints, and blanket of Legos on the floor, I was making my way outside to my new grill. I was smoking a turkey and things were not going as planned. There was a bit of an issue with the grill temperature. As I was heading out to the grill to check on the progress of the bird, one of my grandson’s stopped me. He looked up with those eyes that said he needed some undivided attention and said, “Papa, can you come with me?” It was kind of a critical time as I wanted the turkey to turn out well and be a hit at the dinner table. But this particular grandson was not into the adventure the bigger kids were on, nor was he into playing with the dolls and dress up the two other girl cousins were into. Just then, love took over, disrupting my in-the-zone grilling mindset and I gave this little guy my undivided attention. Love disrupts. Love disrupts and has us rearrange our schedules. Sure, it was not convenient, but love disrupts and has us alter our plans, because that’s what love does.

There is a great description of love found in the Bible. It is found in the Bible verses just before the one mentioned above. Here is the full passage:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends.

Love is a choice to disrupt our schedule and be patient.

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…

Love is a choice to disrupt our attention and be kind.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Love is a choice to disrupt the natural bent of humanity’s overt self-focus of envy, boasting, and arrogance, and takes on humility.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Love is a choice to disrupt that snarky hurtful rudeness we all can tend to display and take on a gracious, polite manner.

Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Love is a choice to disrupt wanting things our way, and seeking to listen, ask, and let someone else lead.

Romans 12:9-10 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Love is a choice to disrupt what irritates us or causes us to be angry, and seek peace, calm, and believe the best in people and circumstances.

Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Love is a choice to disrupt the flow of wrongdoing and seek to do good. Gal 6:9

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

I wonder how much better our world would be if we would let love disrupt? Let’s give it a try.

Church can be a place to learn how to love well. If you don’t already have a church you regularly join, we would like to invite you to attend Neighborhood Church. Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions, we are changing our Sunday gathering options. At 9am we are having a live-stream only gathering from our Cypress campus and another pre-recorded gathering at our Los Alamitos campus. At 10:30am at the Cypress Campus we will be having an in-person outdoor gathering. Our webpage has information on how to connect with us or find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking to let love disrupt along with you,
Mike