I just wrote a six days series on Relationship Advice from our Dear God. And as I wrote from 1 Corinthians yesterday, it really hit me that I wanted to take a deeper look at this passage again. And for some (the two or three) of you who read this devotional, this will be a bit of a re-run because this is a 12 days series from some reflections I wrote last year.
God’s Word is living and active—and I pray that these devotionals will be such for you also.
Okay! So we are to LOVE.
But what does real LOVE look like? God, again, makes that very clear. And God gives us a very comprehensive overview of His view of LOVE.
Love is patient, Love is kind. Love does not envy, Love does not boast, Love is not proud. Love is not rude, Love is not self-seeking, Love is not easily angered, Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, Love always trusts, Love always hopes, Love always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
This beautiful passage has been quoted by many, many people over the years–believers and not-yet-believers–as a moving description of the essence of love. And that is what it is. This is what love looks like.
This is what God’s love looks like. This is how God loves us. But we are not just to be moved in our minds as we read and hear this description of what love looks like. We are to do something about it!
God wants His children to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus. God’s plan is to transform us within our deepest core so that we will love others like He does. We need to let God change us–deeply and daily–so we will actively and intentionally make choices in our words and actions that are truly lined up with God’s view of love!
In these few short verses, God has given us His characteristics of love, His actions of love and His promises of love. And God promises to empower each of us, His children, with His love.
So read the passage again–the Overview of Love–and get a good view of what love looks like…and what we will look like –speak like and act like–as we love others more like God.
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane