1 Corinthians 13:4-7

12 Feb

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Dear God, I guess there are different ways to experience or live out “love.” One is what Paul is referring to here—how you feel about those around you or the things they do. I can be patient and kind. I can be not easily angered and keep to record of wrongs. All of that stuff. This is like unpacking one of the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 (“And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…). So this is love.

There’s another way of dealing with love, though. There’s seeing someone you love, or a community or organization you love and exhibiting these things do it, but that’s all fairly passive. There’s also seeing these things and responding to your call to impact them on your behalf. Whether it’s a family member in need of practice reaching out on out part or a social issue that needs to be addressed, I think it’s also important that we remember that those things we love can also be pursued, as long as we do it with your leadership, wisdom, and power.

Father, that’s where I get into trouble. I often see the thing and then just jump in and start pursuing it with my own wisdom. Help me to balance you call with the patience and wisdom I need so that what gets done might bring you as much glory as possible.

In Jesus’ name I pray,


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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in 1 Corinthians


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