Jeanette Unger was in charge of the Wednesday’s program at the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club. February is Clergy Month for the Civitan Clubs. She presented Rev. Steve Davis, pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church FPC., and his wife Sharon.
“I had a completely different idea of what to talk about when I got here today but the Civitan Creed made me rethink what I wanted to say,” explained Davis. “Sometimes we just need to be willing to go in the direction we are led. You are one of the few groups who I feel truly are led by the idea of Christian love and service.”
Davis decided to speak from I John chapter 4 verses 4 – 11; 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
People can speak the words, the words may sound good but the words are empty if there is no love behind them. You can know the words from the Bible but unless you live it, it means nothing.
How can the world know and see Christ if we don’t take him with us everywhere we go? We need to treat everyone with respect. How we treat one another shows Christ’s love is in us. The Civitan Creed says to treat people the way we wish for them to treat us. Exactly what God wants from us.
“It doesn’t matter if we know all the right words to say,” said Davis. “If we don’t have God’s love for one another in our hearts we are just wasting our time. Compassion and grace should be what we show one another at all times.”
After Davis concluded, Civitan President Alvin Quinn recognized all the clergy that were club members or at Wednesday’s meeting. Reverend’s Viola Williams, Jerome Gill, Lester Moore, Ben Yarber, Tim Brinkley, Eddie Longstreet and Kelly Unger were all presented with certificates of appreciation from the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club.