FOR TUESDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-6; New Revised Standard Version)
This chapter offers us a beautiful description of love. Here’s a test to see whether or not your life is filled with such love. Try putting YOUR name in each place the word LOVE is indicated. Here is how this passage would sound like for me:
“PAUL is patient; PAUL is kind; PAUL is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. PAUL does not insist on [his] own way; PAUL is not irritable or resentful; PAUL does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.”
When you put your name in the place of LOVE, how does it sound? When I do this, I know that in many places it makes me cringe. I always realize how much I still need to grow before I’ll ever begin to be what John writes in his letter: “perfect in love” (1 John 4:18)
PRAYER: Guide me, Loving Lord, to let your Spirit fill my heart so that we might all be bound in the unity of your love. Amen.