THURSDAY June 14, 2018
Love is Patient and Kind
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up…
1 Corinthians 13:4
We have now come to 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter of love. God demonstrates these aspects of His love to us all the time. Paul gave a description of how His love operates in the life of a Christian. The gift of love is the practical application of God’s love in our Christian lives. Love is patient and kind; it covers over situations, but most of us have a problem with putting love into practice.
When someone rubs us the wrong way or says something about us, we want to retaliate by cutting them off; we stop speaking to that person. What happened to the love of Christ? How can we continue to serve the Lord when we have broken fellowship with God because of a lack of love in our lives? It is not until we repent and tell the Lord honestly what is in our hearts that God can work. He is the only one who can change us. If we do not go to the Lord, we are going to run into big problems. We must not harbor hate in our hearts; otherwise, we cannot have unity with others.
Honestly, there has to be a breaking point where two people humble themselves and apologize to one another. Then there can be restored unity and oneness in Jesus Christ and with one another. Our relationship with God is vertical––upward, if our relationship with God is in right standing, then our horizontal relationships with other people will be alright.
Understand, love does not envy. People who are envious have a longing for what another person has; they have displeasure at someone else’s blessings. Love does not brag; you should not brag about yourself. Love is not puffed up. Love is never full of arrogance and pride, having no humility. Understand before God, pride is a sin.
Love should be the silver thread that runs through all your conduct.
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