I am excited to be hosting today's "In Other Words Tuesday".
Instead of using a quote about love from a favorite book or author, I decided to go to God's Word; the Bible.
Here's the quote for us to write about this week:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
New International Version (NIV)
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.
I think it is universal to say that we all want to be loved. But when you open yourself up to love another, you become vulnerable. What if that person doesn't love you back or betrays you? People who have been hurt by others tend to build up walls of protection. Hearts become hard and difficult to penetrate.
I can tell you that there's a love that will never disappoint. That love is found in a relationship with Jesus.
When I finally realized how much God loved me, my heart began to overflow with His love.
1 John 4:16 "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."
I couldn't contain the love that was poured out for me in Jesus. As I truly began to experience it, I was able to love others better. Yes, I've had scars from previous hurts in human relationships. But I began to see others in light of His love.
- Are you patient with an aging parent who may not be quite as quick as they used to be?
- Are you patient with a small child who takes forever to tell you something?
I've had three year old children take my face in their two hands and move it so that I was looking directly at their face. They wanted my full attention. They didn't want me distracted by anything or anyone else.
- Do you feel the need to always boast of what you've done or have?
- Are you truly happy when someone you love does something well?
- Are you able to forgive a loved one?
- Or do you keep reminding them over and over about how they hurt you?
You can trust your heart to Him.
So how about you? Can you live out the love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13? It's often read at weddings.
Let's challenge one another to live out that kind of love every day. I'd love to read your blog posts using this quote from 1 Corinthians. Or if you prefer, you may leave a comment below.
Blessings and love,