This week’s Life Journal reading plan included 1 Corinthians 13, the famous “ love chapter,” one of which most of us have read many times.
Love is patient. Love is kind. -1 Corinthians 13:4
This morning while reading, these two phrases seemed to catch my attention, jumping off the pages and hitting me with a new sense of urgency.
The statements are statements of action. For me to love my brother requires that I make a decision to be patient. I need to ask myself, “Am I willing to wait? Am I willing to put others needs or wants above my own.” In our fast-paced instant society the love action of waiting is often missing. The Lord is so patient with me as I often struggle through a day full of activity. He gives us much more grace than we deserve.
So let’s remember this as we interact with the many people that God will bring across our path today.
These two love actions can flow from us only with the help of the Holy Spirit. We need to make the choice to be intentional about them and then ask God to work through us.Love is kind. We often miss this action in much of our interactions with each other. Our culture’s enormous problem of bullying and manipulating others, using our power to get us to the top, is evidence of this in our culture. It does not take a lot of time or effort to be kind, yet it does take some simple actions and sometimes intentionality to show kindness. I am being challenged today to see where I can love through kindness to all those I come in contact with today.
Written by Pastor Jeff Hagler