Love

 

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 the famous “love chapter” that is so frequently quoted at weddings and stuff. But the greatest commandment is to love God, and to love others, so this passage applies not only to our personal relationships, but it also serves as a guide as to how we should be living a life with Christ. So I encourage you to re-read this passage, and in place of the word “love”, insert your name. Go ahead, try it. If it helps you to see it written out, you might want to try rewriting it with your name in the place of “love.”

As an example, here’s how it would look with my name:

Robert is patient, Robert is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. He does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. Robert does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I found that this is an encouraging way for me to practice loving people better. Can all those things be truthfully said of me? No. But I sure want it to be true, and I’m going to do my best to make sure it becomes true.

Love your enemies

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Luke 6:35