Yesterday we talked about loving like Jesus who gave Himself up for us, His friends. In practical terms, how does this work? Let’s check what the Bible has to say about this:
“Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].”
1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 (AMP)
These verses tell us the following:
- Put other people’s interest ahead of your own. Don’t be selfish and think only of yourself. (This would really change our marriages; don’t you think?)
- Don’t throw your weight around and be proud. God resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5)
- Don’t always insist on your rights! Give up your right to anger and to be offended; you’ll be surprised how much easier your life would become. Less errors! (Ephesians 4:26)
- Stop taking notes of the evil or wrong done to you. Give it to God, vengeance is His anyway. (Romans 12:19)
- Look for the best in everyone. Don’t approach people with a veil.
- Show kindness to everyone. Whether they deserve it is not important. God shows you kindness everyday, be kind to others.
There is so much more but I would not be able to fully cover in this devotional. However, I encourage you to study the verses above and draw the applicable lessons from it. Also, remember that if it seems impossible to achieve alone, the Holy Spirit has been provided to help us with our weaknesses. Ask Him for help.
I would leave you with one last (surprising) verse:
“Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do” 2 Corinthians 5:14 (MSG)
Let the love of Christ in you move you to make His love the first and last word in all that you do.
Please feel free to reply my email with the love lessons you have been able to draw from the Bible verses I have shared with you today. I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to share with your friends.