Spent some time in 1 Corinthians 13 this morning. If you’ve never read it – why not take some time to read it carefully today. If you’ve read it many times – why not go back and re-read it and ask God to show you how you measure up when it comes to demonstrating love God’s way.
As we are striving to build an even stronger staff team, I shared with our staff this past week in Staff Meeting a devotional based on 1 Cor. 8:1. The last part of the verse says: “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”
One of the key characteristics of love is that it looks for good in others and strives to build them up instead of tearing them down.
This morning, one of the verses from 1 Cor. 13 that really jumped off the page at me was the definition of REAL LOVE: Verse 5 states that Love “is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
If we are rude to others – always seeking our own way – getting angry because someone did something we didn’t like – or if we tend to keep a record of the wrongs done to us — then we’re missing the point and God’s love is not being demonstrated in us.
Need a little more clarity? Jesus said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
So – HOW’S YOUR LOVE LIFE?
PS – As an added bonus – check out this passage: 1 John 4:7-12 .