1 Corinthians 13
Over the past few months I have been led into some rough seasons. I have been living in seasons of defeat and growth. As I am living within the seasons that seem to be endless, I cannot help but feel discouraged. One event after another is leading me into a state of exhaustion.
Although I have felt discouraged through these seasons. I cannot help but to feel hopeful.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
It is through the fires where we are molded and strengthened. As we walk through seasons of hardships, we can dance and be joyful because we know that we are being strengthened and used by the creator of the universe. No one said that this life was going to be easy. Jesus even said in John 16:33 that “in this world we will have tribulation” but he also said “TAKE HEART for I have overcome the world”
Within the seasons of life I am currently in, I am learning a lot about love. Not the romantic kind of love between a man and woman; I am talking about true love. The kind of love we live in and should act upon every day.
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
This scripture stood out to me in so many ways. I am really struggling with forgiveness and forgiving others. After reading 1 Corinthians 13 my eyes were opened to how I have been acting. As a Christian I am to love. I am to show others love with everything I do and in everything I say. I am to show love in my workplace, with my friends and family and to that stranger at the grocery store. Jesus loves with pure joy and devotion. He loves and gives always. His love is genuine with no selfish content. As followers of Christ we are to model after his love. His love always forgives and never expects anything in return. Do I have the right to become bitter towards anyone and hold a cold heart towards them? I am to always love, always forgive and always be joyful. Yes, I have been hurt but why should I hold a bitter heart and fight against love.
I need to just give this bitterness to my father and ask him to give me the wisdom to have the ability to forgive and love in a supernatural way. I want to love as He loves. I need him to transform my heart and use me to guide people and reveal His glory. My God is love… so I must value that and practice the virtue of love.
This world would be a different place if we all learn to genuinely love and forgive.
God give us all eyes towards people the way you see them. Help us with hate and bitterness. Transform our hearts and make us new!