Tuesday, May 10 – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
“It’s not what you said, it’s the way you said it.” As people, we are so complex. We can say the same words and sound sarcastic, kind, or cruel depending on how we say it. When we start to recognize this complexity, we start to watch the words we say to others and the attitudes and body language reflected in them. As Paul shared with the Corinthian church about true love, he did not give them a list of words to recite or scenarios to practice. He brought them to the heart of the matter—what agape love looks like at its core. When we are changed by this agape love, it changes more than just the words we say, it changes how we say them. It changes more than our acts of service; it changes our motivations behind them. Agape love changes us at our core because it is a supernatural love from God.
As we navigate our spiritual gifts, parenting, or routines, Paul’s words remind us that God’s love changes us deeply. John said it this way in 1 John 3:16-18, “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers and sisters. But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him? Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” As you are changed by this sacrificial love of Jesus, you will lay down your life for others as Christ has done for you.
• When have you wanted to be right more than loving? Why is that a common tendency?
• What are some examples of Christ’s love for you? How can you extend that love to someone today?
• Pray and thank God for His sacrificial love and ask Him to make you aware when you fail to show that love to others.