This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 Jn 4:10
1 Corinthians 13: I remember having to recite that in school as a child and woe to those who did not know it and could not say it in their sleep. Reading it over recently caused me to realise the absolute nature of the words. Love is; love does not; love always. Do we live like that? With such precision? Or are corners cut when it suits us?
With this in mind, and to prove a point, I decided to look at this well known scripture…from a different perspective….
Love is sometimes patient, love is often kind. A little envy may pop up now and then and what I did was really spectacular, so I should be able to boast. It does dishonor others especially if they have dishonored us first. It is sometimes self-seeking cause if I don’t take care of myself, who will? It can be easily angered if the situation calls for it. At anytime, a past wrong can be brought up as ammunition. A little gossip never hurt anybody. Once expectations have not been met, hope, faith and trust are on the fence, if I am not happy.
Sounds awful, doesn’t it? We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23) but with God’s strength we can walk in love as we are supposed to. Emotions tend to flair up and may sometimes get out of hand but it is our responsibility not be ruled by these emotions but by the word of God. Allow His word to wash us, heal us and cover our wrongs.
Now here are those verses in true God-given form:
1 Cor 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, 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.
Loving like that may mean that at times we get hurt, or are taken advantage of, or left behind. We have in Jesus the perfect example who, in love, laid Himself out for us. Not for His sake but for ours. Meditate on His word and let it inform, guide and even change our actions.
Have a blessed weekend, walking in the strength, mercy and love of God.
by Marisse Cropper