A Day at a Time: Love for Life
By Scott Harrup
Jan. 20, 2013
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, NKJV).
The apostle Paul eloquently captured the passion that followers of Christ exercise in their pursuit of personal godliness and societal transformation. Again and again, he zeroed in on the most important ingredient in any godly pursuit, love. But he made his point by stressing the absence of that element.
With good reason.
As Christians confront evil in the world, the temptation to allow “righteous anger” to defeat love grows in proportion to the dire nature of the evil being addressed. Particularly in regard to abortion and other sanctity of life issues, the horrific scale of the evil and the defenselessness of the victims explodes our sense of urgency. It is tempting to craft an at-all-costs response, with love often becoming the greater part of that cost.
Each January, with the passing of another anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing nationwide abortion, the Pentecostal Evangel visits an array of life issues. This week’s features address those issues with a call for Christlike love to be exercised in every corner of the ongoing battle for life.
John W. Kennedy’s insightful article, “Roe at 40,” reports on the nation’s pro-life ministries and the growing spectrum of services they offer in a compassionate attempt to help women as well as save babies.
Dave Moors gives a father’s perspective to that moment when love wins out over the decision to terminate a troubled pregnancy.
Catharine Phillips honestly describes her painful journey to post-abortion healing and forgiveness.
In each story, love remains that most necessary ingredient if the battle for life is to be won.
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