As part of my daily Bible reading, I found myself reading 1 Corinthians 13 this morning. It is quite possibly one of the most recognized chapters of the Bible. When I say 1 Corinthians 13, most people who have any knowledge of the Bible will say something about it being the Love Chapter in the Bible. And that it does. Specifically in verses 4-7 we are given a description of some of the characteristics of love. Read them again, slowly, as for the first time. What do these characteristics of love have to do with you and your relationships?
- Love is patient
- Love is kind
- Love does not envy
- Love does not boast
- Love is not arrogant
- Love is not rude
- Love does not insist on its own way
- Love is not irritable
- Love is not resentful
- Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing
- Love rejoices with the truth
- Love bears all things
- Love believes all things
- Love endures all things
Valentines day is right around the corner. What if we didn't buy flowers and chocolate and just committed to being different in our relationships. What if our gift was a renewed type of love for those we say we love? Think about it, how would our relationships be so much greater if we had this type of love. Don't you agree? If you were to seek this type of love, would it make your marriage stronger? Would your friendships be different? Would your parenting be taken to a new level? You know the answer to the question is a resounding YES!
Now, go back to that list and think about your past week. How have you not been patient? How have you not displayed a heart of kindness in your love? And go through each of them and repent of your lack of love. Then turn the other way and start loving like Christ loved. After all, that's what this list is really about. It is a description of what Jesus did for us. Or maybe I should say, does for us. He is patient. He is kind. He is not arrogant or rude. He rejoices with the truth.
May we catch of glimpse of His love for us and then allow it to be redirected toward those we say we love. All to His glory and honor.