A New Look at Love

 

1 Corinthians 13 (from The Message)

The Way of Love
 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.

We’ve all probably read this section of scripture before.  I know I have.  But I read it with a fresh understanding this week when I read this version of it from “The Message” bible.  I know that the love I have, particularly with some people in my life, falls far short of the love that is described in this scripture.  I am so challenged by these words, and by how I need to change to live up to this!  And to think that Jesus tells us to love our enemies as well in Luke 6:27!  It’s hard enough to love our “loved ones” in this way!!

As I am preparing for the Christmas holiday and preparing to spend time with friends and relatives, I want to focus on these verses.  How will my time spent with loved ones change if I live out these verses? 

How will your holidays change if YOU live out these verses?

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2 thoughts on “A New Look at Love

  1. Hi Stephanie sister! I found you as WordPress linked us through the like-mindedness of The Message – Love Chapter.

    Isn’t God good?

    I’m a Christ-following mom of 4, raising my family in Jordan. Have a beautiful day as you seek His face.

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