When we read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 we realize that we can do all the "Christian" things we want, but if we do not love or have love is worthless. This past weekend I spent time with Pastor Tim Lamb at Empire Pentecostal Holiness Church. It was a great time of learning and fellowship. There was one concept that God revealed to me in this weekend. Something that seems simple, but is backbreaking to develop. That's having a congregation that truly loves their leader and a leader who truly loves the people.
Pastor Tim and the Church he pastors has this. This was not an overnight process, however, Tim has pastored this church for 16 years this coming August. To see the way the congregation speaks about their pastor and vice versa moved and encouraged me. This type of love is the type that will transform lives. Many churches operate with either the pastor or congregation complaining about each other. Imagine what your community could look like if we truly loved on another. Let this be more important than having big numbers and great programs. Let's love the people that God has allowed us to lead, and let's transform our communities for Jesus Christ.
John 13:53, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."