“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
This is a scripture we all know at least a little bit. We recognize it when we hear it, we read it at weddings, and we think it’s lovely. We would be right.
Lately I have been feeling God emphasize to me the importance of this passage. God is love. He IS love. We were created in love. We were saved in love. We live under the umbrella of love. We are guided by love. God. Is. Love. As the bride of Christ, we are called to walk this out. We are called to love on a level so unconditional and far removed from what the world says, that it can only from God. To truly be God’s vessels here on Earth, we need to take the above passage deep into our hearts and live it. God’s been really telling me what a superficial grasp of this passage we have. We don’t think about it nearly often enough. But if we were to take a hard look at our lives and compare them to the above passage, we would probably fall short. We aren’t all of these things at once, not all the time. But really, we should be. My blogs frequently mention being vessels of Christ’s love. But God is emphasizing to me lately on a much deeper level.
So, enter the Love Project. I feel God is calling me into a time of deeper prayer and maybe even fasting, to bring my walk even closer to Him. I’ll be looking at each attribute in this scripture, and comparing it to my life. Ultimately, I want my life to be in submission, obedience, and concordance with what love really is. And what is it? The above passage tells us.
I invite you to do the same with me, to look at your lives and yourselves and spend time with God on it, to see if there are areas of your life where your actions are anything less than the love described above. I certainly have my moments. We all do. Are there any life changes or changes in perspective that need to happen? Maybe. God will provide the answers; we just have to spend the time. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what He tells you!