Love Like This - What is Love
Week Four, Day Three
March 27, 2019
In days one and two of this devotional, we learned how to love with deliberate action. But what is love? Real love requires for us to take our own needs out of the mix. In every line of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we learn what love is...and every example pulls us into hope and humility.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, "4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
It is true that you can replace the word love with God in every line. God is patient with us while we are wayward. God does not envy our success when things go well for us. God is not easily angered when we fall short. God always hopes that we will choose Him over despair. God's love perseveres when we are weary.
Now, let's try it with us.
I am patient with my spouse when we don't see eye to eye. I am kind to the stranger that is taking too long to check out at the store. I do not envy my friends who have achieved their dreams. I don't dishonor others by rejoicing over their pain as gossip. My love for my kid perseveres as I wait for them to learn life's hardest lessons.
1 Corinthians teaches us exactly what true love is. Will you examine which parts of this definition you still struggle with? You decide.
Jesus, we struggle to love like this. We know that love like this requires focus. Love like this requires patience and perseverance, which we lack. We need you for love like this. Be with us this week and show us examples every day of how we can meet this definition. Help us to see exactly where we need to grow, and lead us in this direction. Amen.