1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (The Message)
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
The Father’s love is overwhelming…
Today I was having a little conversation with my Father as I was reflecting on the past few days. I said to Him, “I feel like I’ve been so loud and clanging lately…” Immediately I thought of 1 Corinthians 13:1 which addresses people speaking without love, resulting in sounding like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. “Oh, Lord forgive me…” I do not want to walk around not reflecting God’s love in me… nor expressing His love through me…
The Bible tells us that God is love… In 1 Corinthians 13, love is described… what love is and how love behaves…
I am so grateful to have a Father who loves me. My Father never gives up on me or loses faith. My Father is not irritable nor does He keep a record of my sins. No, instead He demonstrates His love through His patience and kindness and His faithfulness and yes even His forgiveness.
When I thought about being loud and clanging, I was disappointed in myself. You see it is not as if I do not have the capacity to love. Remember I said earlier that God is love? Not only is God love, but here’s another truth: God lives in me… which translates Love lives in me… Not only that but God’s love has been poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit. As you can see I am filled up with God’s love and yet I still missed the mark.
My Father showed me that although I am indeed filled up with love, I still have a choice on whether or not I yield to Love on the inside. I find it is usually when I go into self-protection mode that I miss yielding to Love on the inside of me. My Father reminded me that I can trust Him to protect me and He is faithful to forgive me. I admitted my sin, that I had missed the mark. In turn He forgave me and cleansed me of wrongdoing. My Father is the best example of how I should love others. Truly Father knows best…
How will you show God’s love today?
Remember to be REAL…