Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
- Love is patient
- Love is kind
- Love is not jealous
- Love is not boastful
- Love is not proud
- Love is not rude
- Love does not demand its own way
- Love is not irritable
- Love keeps no record of being wronged
- Love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out
- Love never gives up
- Love never loses faith
- Love is always hopeful
- Love endures through every circumstance
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
How are you doing in your love walk?
The word of God teaches us in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 that if we don’t love we are just a noisy gong and a clanging cymbal, and that no matter what spiritual gifts we possess – if we don’t love others we are NOTHING. And if we think we are “super” spiritual because we go to church, give tithes and offerings, helping the poor , or even giving our entire life to the gospel – if you don’t truly love others you have gained NOTHING. NOTHING IS NOTHING!
God’s word is always true!
Our world is becoming a place of hatred, bitterness and division. Only with God’s love in our hearts for one another can we heal these wounds.
As believers in Christ Jesus we must strive to walk in love. Only in love will we ever draw others to Jesus. The love that must flow through us is God’s love. If we love others, it proves that we truly love God.
1 John 4:8 teaches us that anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Let’s continue in 1 John 4:9-12; 16,17 so that we are reminded of the importance
of loving each other.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.
So, dear sisters and brothers, I encourage you today to “let your love grow more perfect” by making love the priority of your life. Love others as God loves them. Meditate on the attributes of love daily – and most importantly put them into practice in your everyday life.
Live a life of love!
I will leave you today with a verse from 1 John 3:18 & 19
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.