#380 – Love

Good morning people who love

1 Corinthians 13 gives us a good description of what love is like. We see in this passage that love is ‘patient, kind, doesn’t envy or boast, it is not proud, rude or self-seeking, love doesn’t easily get angry or keep records of wrong, it doesn’t delight in evil but it does rejoice in the truth, it protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres and it never fails’.

I don’t know about you but you can get tired reading a list like this let alone living according to this list. It’s difficult to love others like Jesus would have us love them. I mean, it’s nice to say “I love everyone” but the reality is I might ‘like’ everyone and not have any enemies, but I can’t really say “I love everyone” according to this list. I wish I could but I can’t.

Does this mean I should give up and not try? Not at all. It means I need to refocus on this comprehensive list and ask the Holy Spirit to gently remind me about things during the day. I want Him to point out when I am not as patient as I should be. I want Him to point out when I get proud and self-seeking. I want him to point out when I would rather give up and not be bothered rather than persevere and love even when it hurts. I need the Holy Spirit to help me. The wonderful thing is He does. The issue is I don’t always listen to Him as much as I should.

I’m grateful God has given us this list to measure love by otherwise I would constantly measure it incorrectly. Today I want to love others as Christ loved them. I want to give of myself even when it costs me; especially when it costs me. I want to think of others more than I think of myself. Holy Spirit please help me today to love with a sincerity of heart.