Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy ([d]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]. – 1 Cor 13:4-8 – AMP
One of the most quoted but least followed scriptures is the above on “Love”. You hear so many bring up the subject of 1st Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter) but how many of us put it to “real life” use outside of our church attendance? I know when situations have arisen that acting in Godly love can be a sticking point if not connected with His Spirit.
I have made it part of my day to pray prior to allowing my feet to hit the ground, and also prior to getting out of my car to enter work. I learned years ago that I desperately needed to make sure I was fully covered in the armor of God before coming into contact with my fellow man. I desire His spiritual covering for the attacks I’m sure I’ll be faced with, but MOST importantly, I pray fervently for our Lord to guard and cover my mind, mouth and spirit on how I allow myself to REACT to those attacks. It’s still our choice to engage OR disengage from an battle. Not that doesn’t mean we are stepping stools, and we won’t have to partake in a battle or two, but we should be relaying first on God to direct us in which causes we take up and how “HE” wants us to fight…if we are to fight at all in the first place!
A good example of this “Spiritual Covering” occurred just this morning when speaking with someone. I instantly felt that surge of fleshly desire rising up in me to let this person know where they could go and how they could get there! Interestingly enough right before walking into work I read the above passage of 1st Cor 13! When reading it I instantly thought to myself “Oh boy…what’s coming down the pike today that I’m gonna need to refer back to this…” and lo and behold (whoosh…!) there I was in the middle of it, not too long after! WOW is our Lord not amazing!
It truly brings to mind the scripture that God delivers all that we need, when we need it, and how we need it at just the right time. Had I not chosen to stick to my routine of putting God first, making sure I’m in communication by keeping plugged into His spirit, I may not have had the discernment and spiritual and Godly wisdom to handle the situation the way that I did. His Word and time with me equipped me to take the WISE route vs. descending down the prideful path of getting into an argument, for something that in hindsight really wasn’t that big of a deal. But isn’t that how most arguments work anyway??? What starts off as small gets blown up by hurt feelings stemming from a feeling of rejection or a dig at our self-esteem. Some of the most rage filled people are in all actuality the most insecure in themselves. It’s when faced by situations, usually from some run in with another, do those insecurities flare up. How many times have you or I felt the feelings of “Well you just can’t talk to me or treat me like that!” or “How dare they think that what I have to say is less important! I need and deserve to be heard and run the show just as much, if not even more, than they do!.”
God calls us into humble service, humble service to Him but also to each other. When we walk in love, angry, pride, jealousy and bitterness and rage are completely neutralized. The person who is filled with Godly love has no room for those fleshly things as they have made the decision to let God and love conquer all that they are. So next time you or I read 1 Cor 13 I’m going to hold deep in my heart the purpose of that scripture, to not just read it but to live, breathe and BE it.
Be Forever Blessed,