Many of us have attended a wedding ceremony where the words of 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 are recited as an inspiration and foundation of a successful marriage. If we were able to attain this type of love in our marriages, most of us would undeniably admit that things would be much happier, harmonious, and fulfilling. The unselfish giving of oneself to another comes back to us tenfold in blessings. However, there is something that really hit home as I have been doing some self-reflection and honestly some grieving in the recent days. When God spoke the words of 1 Corinthians 13, He was addressing the Church as a whole. His address was not limited to the application in marriage as fitting as these words are in that context as well.
About half a decade ago, a special friend entered my life. She was not loud or boisterous. She did not force her agenda. She merely walked a step at a time into my life. Her steps were marked with gentleness, kindness, patience, virtue, meekness, and yes, the greatest of her steps was Love.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
~ 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7
Love, true Christian love, as exemplified in 1 Corinthians is like a magnet. We crave it from our very inmost beings, yet are so incapable of exhibiting it and sharing it without Christ at the very core of our person. His existence in our lives peels back the layers of self from the inside out until finally those around us experience the blessings of His true spirit through us.
Krystin allowed the Holy Spirit to do its work in her life and was a magnet that drew hundreds of others to her and inevitably to Him. The witness of Christ’s love was seen in her acceptance and encouragement of others, her faithfulness to and love for her husband, and her devotion, patience, and perseverance of all matters of love in her children’s lives.
When Krystin stepped in to your life, she stepped like a timid sheep marked with gentleness, kindness, and meekness. One had no idea of the impact and role she was playing. A year ago, she took another step. This one into the realm of Glory to be directly in the presence of the Lord. As she stepped into His presence, she stepped out of our lives leaving us to roar like lions with an outcry at God’s Will as we realized that He is still Elohim – our Mighty God.
Krystin finished the race that was set before her with faithfulness, zeal, and most of all, Love. What feels like a vacuum to our hearts is really the passing of the baton in continuing her legacy, Christ’s legacy. The legacy of His love to the world. May we each, whether you personally knew Krystin or not, be ready to grab a hold of the baton of Christ’s love to the world that we too may someday enter His presence to hear Him utter, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”