August 26, 2021

The God kind of love

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

I have always thought that this chapter in 1 Corinthians was a description of how love should be in a marriage. Like this was a template of the way a husband should love his wife and vise versa. However, since this chapter falls right between chapters 12 and 14 that are both about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and since it starts out talking about the gifts, I have now come to realize that it is about operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit with the love of God.  This great love chapter is the instructions of how we are to love all people, not just our spouse.

It starts with: If you can speak in the language of people and of angels but you do it without love, you just sound like a lot of noise.  It goes on to say that even if you have the gifts of prophecy, knowledge and faith but do not display them with love, you have nothing.  Those gifts are worth nothing in eternity.

Love is the key to operating by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This goes along with what was mentioned yesterday that you can desire the best gifts, but truly operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit only matters if it is done with love.  It makes sense too.  Since God is love, surly everything He does is motivated by love.  Not a human temporal love, it is by God’s eternal, perfect and unconditional love.  If God’s love is our motivation in all things, toward all people, then we can expect that the Holy Spirit of God/love will flow through us.

Below is a list of what love is according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

Love suffers long

Love is kind

Love does not envy

Love does not parade itself

Love is not puffed up

Love does not behave rudely

Love does not seek its own glory

Love is not provoked to anger

Love thinks no evil

Love does not rejoice in iniquity

Love rejoices in the truth

Love bears all things

Love believes all things

Love hopes all things

Love endures all things

Love never fails

Wow!  That truly is perfect love.

Today I want to encourage you to study this list of things that will improve your love walk.  Don’t hold back your love to only give it to those who are deserving.  The truth is none are deserving, we only hold a higher standard of love for those closest to us.  Drop your guard and decide that you are going to love all people with the God kind of love.  The only thing it will cost you is your pride, and that’s a good thing.  Of course, you will not get it perfectly, but that’s ok.  Just get back out there and do it again.  It is a practice and as you practice loving all people, your daily practice will make impactful progress.  So go ahead and get rid of your pride, humble yourself by practicing loving like God loves.  It will not only make a difference in the lives of those around you, it will change your life too!

Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 13

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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