Sunday morning I sat in a cafe, sipping a flat white & reading my bible. I was reading 1 Corinthians 13, the Love chapter…have you read it lately?
God left us with one commandment; love Him, love others…and if we don’t act in love, then really…it’s all meaningless…
Today’s blog post isn’t particularly long or deep but it is challenging (at least to me!). What do you do every day to show love? I remember back in youth group as a teenager, being told I should do one Act of Kindness a day, or a week. Whatever, the reason I did it, most likely it because someone told me to not because I loved the recipient.
As I sat in that coffee shop on Sunday I thought about how God simply asks us to love Him and love others…it’s not that hard is it? I mean, in theory. love. But love isn’t that easy…not when the person doesn’t love you back. Or when that friend talks about you to others or your co-worker makes your look stupid in front of your boss. I reckon it’s in those moments that real love can be demonstrated. It’s even just about thinking about the other person and how they would feel before you act on X, Y or Z…(personally I realised this weekend that I don’t show love when I don’t consider that not everyone is going to handle situations like I would, and it could hurt them)…love is taking the other into consideration…
so I challenged myself…how can I show love today? this week? Because as this song says,
“Oh, the tongues of men and angels
I speak but lack love.
Oh, love, will I stab you in the back?
I’m afraid I forgot to show
what’s most important: love”
Check out the song here
1 Corinthians 13
1If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such [a]as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers ([b]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).
3Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or [c] in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.
4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy ([d]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
9For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).
10But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
12For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as[e]in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand [f]fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been [g]fully and clearly known and understood [[h]by God].
13And so faith, hope, love abide [faith--conviction and belief respecting man's relation to God and divine things; hope--joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love--true affection for God and man, growing out of God's love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.