Last night’s Bible study led me to a well known passage from 1 Corinthians:
Love is patient. First of all, we know that the only One who can ever truly love us is the Lord– but He calls us to love him with all we have, and to love our neighbours with all we have. This, therefore, can only be done through His Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ; and love is PATIENT. Even when anger bubbles under the surface, the Lord calls that love to be patient. To recognize that all feet fail but His hand will guide.
Love is kind. True love– love that is in Christ– radiates kindness. It is full of compassion and caring for the other.
Love doesn’t envy. While, again, all OUR FEET fail from time to time, Jesus promises that His Spirit never envies. It knows that each was created in God’s image for a reason and that envy is a mockery of the Lord’s perfection in that.
Love does not boast; love isn’t proud. Love in Christ doesn’t boast about one’s “betterness” nor does it boast about the love within the relationship. For that would be redundant because the love of Christ is the only boast able aspect, and that is equally available to ALL.
Love is never rude or selfish. Christ is never rude or selfish; while our human tongues can be, his Spirit never is. He guides with kindness and selflessness.
Love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. Love recognizes that HUMANS mess up; do things we don’t like/wish they didn’t/make mistakes; sin. But it knows that we are equal in that sin and trusts in the Lord’s forever and eternal greatness, therefore quickness to anger, judgement, or walking away from a human because of a list of wrongs in the back of their mind is not love.
The love of Christ is something we are called to approach EVERY PERSON with EVERY MOMENT. Have each of us been guilty of one these wrongdoings? YES. With family? YES. In relationships? YES. In friendships? YES. With strangers? YES.
But the Holy Spirit NEVER HAS, NEVER DOES, and NEVER WILL.
And the Holy Spirit is ALWAYS among us, and in us.
In prayer and submission I am humbled at his feet… I want to laugh and sing and dance and praise Him… I think about how many times He has forgiven me and continues to love me more than ANY human mind could comprehend. Jesus Christ is the only true love in life; AAAAND by His Spirit, by the Grace of His life we are granted the blessing our son and selfishness is incapable of– to love others; our family and friends. To love another as a boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse, better and more fully by His Spirit each day.
What a common Bible verse that when broken down is enough time shake walls and lives and overwhelm to our knees.