He is building a palace

Imagine yourself a living house. God comes to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage, but He is building a palace.

C.S. Lewis

 

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.