[Monday 3/5] 1 Corinthians 13
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
Here is a passage we have all heard many times- at weddings especially. Many Hallmark cards pick this up- as a nice fluffy discourse on love. It is easy for us to consider the love of God, that he cares for us and wants us to know Him and be happy.
The response part is where most of us start to feel the pinch. We greatly prefer to consider HIS love for us than our love for Him. We are called to love Jesus and therefore to love others in the SAME WAY that He loved us.
This is how we are to respond:
"Strive for this, pray for this, desire this -- to be stripped of all selfishness and naked to follow the naked Jesus, to die to self and live forever for Me." --Thomas a Kempis, the Imitation
For us to truly know LOVE, we must meditate on CHRIST CRUCIFIED. For us to truly LOVE- we must beg Him for the courage to JOIN IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST by dying to ourselves.