“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. Love never fails.”
I Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
I read this list of love’s attributes and I feel so inadequate. I am guilty of using the word love so insincerely, not even close to its true meaning. Love is more than a four letter word. I use the same word to describe both my attitude toward a sports team or favorite dessert and my devotion toward my spouse or God. Love is more than saying, “I love you.” More than a romantic feeling, love demands my doing something. It is more walk than talk. It’s the kind of love the world is dying for. Today, I invite you to join me. Let’s read the list of love’s attributes over again and make it our goal today to love those around us in this radical Christ-like manner. With His help, you and I can love the way Christ would have us love.
Lord, loving the way You love is not easy. I cannot do it by myself. I ask You to help me today love those around me with the patience, kindness, sacrifice and dedication that You love me with. Thank You for Your love; help me to love others. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I love others with my actions toward them
Read the words that Paul uses to describe love. Read them slowly; ask for Christ’s help. Visualize yourself acting out each of the attributes. Love is Patient – Kind – No envy – No boasting – Not proud – Not rude – Not self seeking – Not easily angered – no record of wrong – not delighting in evil – rejoicing in truth – always protects – always trusts – always hopes – always perseveres.
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