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No Schism Where Love Rules

Love is the antidote to strife.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13.4-7

1 Clement 49
Clement of Rome (fl. ca. 90-100 AD)
“Let him who has love in Christ keep the commandments of Christ. Who can describe the [blessed] bond of the love of God? What man is able to tell the excellence of its beauty, as it ought to be told? The height to which love exalts is unspeakable. Love unites us to God. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love beareth all things, is long-suffering in all things. There is nothing base, nothing arrogant in love. Love admits of no schisms: love gives rise to no seditions: love does all things in harmony. By love have all the elect of God been made perfect; without love nothing is well-pleasing to God. In love hast the Lord taken us to Himself. On account of the Love he bore us, Jesus Christ our Lord gave His blood for us by the will of God; His flesh for our flesh, and His soul for our souls.”

It’s not hard to hear the mood of pleading in this chapter. The disruption which certain members had introduced to the churches in Corinth was not well-pleasing to God, for it was done out of self-love, and not in love (and obedience) to God, or for one another. Clement was truly wounded by the schism in the Corinthian churches, and he earnestly longed for them to renew the love of Christ among themselves. Having referred them to Paul’s first letter in an earlier chapter, he now alludes to it liberally. Clement pled with the Corinthians on the authority of Paul – not his own authority. But he pled with his own love for them, and for the truth and order of God.

Note the allusion to Christ’s sacrificial love at the end of this quote: Can we have real love among the members of a church without sacrifice? What kind of sacrifice?

T. M. Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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