“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, 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” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV.
In this wretched world we live in, the word and meaning of the word “love” has been twisted and misconstrued to suit our own selfish desires. We have watered down what love is to it being a mere word that is thrown around as a way to manipulate others into doing things or to invoke certain emotions in another. Love can be defined as a “deep affection or devotion” but scripture gives us another perspective on love. In scripture, love is defined through our actions. This then implying that instead of not only saying that we love another with our words, we should say it in our actions. This means that we need to be patient with the ones we love, we ought to show them kindness at all times, we ought to practice humility, not getting easily angered and not keeping record of all the wrong they have done to us. It means that we should not use others strictly for our own gain, we should not seek evil for them but always look to protect, trust, hope and persevere with them. Anything less than that is not love, even if it is just by one element, it cannot be the love that God speaks about. Today, lets learn to love the right way, to love God’s way.
Father, teach me to love as You love, to be patient, kind, humble, trusting and to always seek good for others and nothing else. I know I fall short daily, but the sacrifice You made on the cross for me covers all my shortcomings and for that I am grateful. Amen