This morning I just went, “I need you God. You asked me to focus on love. Love to You. Love for my family. Love for others. Teach me what it means to love. Show me how to do that fully. Ultimately, fill me with Your love.”
And what was the first thing I read?
1 Corinthians 13
Have you never read this section on love? If you haven’t, I think you should open up your Bible and take a look.
The key verses I want to focus on this month are these:
(New American Standard Bible)
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 [a]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I know the NIV version best.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
This is what God wants me to learn this month, with Him.
For my husband.
And for my kids.
For relationships outside the home.
To be patient.
To be kind.
To not be jealous (envious)
To not brag or boast, be arrogant or proud.
To not dishonor others or act unbecomingly.
To not seek my own (be self-seeking).
To not be easily angered or provoked.
To keep no record of wrongs (take in the account of a wrong suffered).
To not rejoice or delight in evil or unrighteousness.
To rejoice with the truth.
That if I am loving, I will protect.
I will trust.
I will hope.
And I will persevere.
Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? It does to me. So this month I am looking for a way to implement these things, with God’s priorities, into my life.
I actually had fun the other day when I knew this would be the topic. I was reading In This House, We Will Giggle by Courtney Defeo and her definition of love was caring for others without expecting anything in return. I really think that is a GREAT definition.
And so I decided I wanted to try to write an acronym. Just to put it in my head more. I don’t know how far I got. lol
L- Loving L-Letting L- Loving
O- Others O-Others be O- Others that they are
V -Valuing Them V – Valued V-Valued More
E-Eternally E- Eternally E-Eternally
What would you write?
If we looked on the topic of love in an eternal way, God never stops loving us. God values us and others. So why do we not love?
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
God made us all to have gifts and abilities. He has a special purpose for everyone. What right do we have to tear others down?
God has called us to love beyond ourselves. Just think about that for a little bit. What does that really mean?
And what does that mean in a family setting?
I realized I need love most in my family and how I need to be the example. It’s not easy being a parent. Those kids are watching you, following you, sometimes unintentionally emmulating your bad traits. We need to do our best to guide, but be real about it.
So, are you ready for a new journey?
Join me this month as we tackle the topic of love. I can’t promise perfection. I can’t promise I will write everyday. I can only promise real.
I struggle with loving fully due to my own selfishness. But, I believe God can do a huge work in my heart to TRULY love them as He has called me to.
Be inspired today!