'Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.' 1 Corinthians 13:7 GNT
We throw the word 'love' around loosely, leaving it to be defined in many different ways. People say things like 'I love cake' or 'I love that TV show.' What they really mean is they 'like' and 'enjoy' these things.
The Bible gives us a pretty extensive definition of real love. 'Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail' (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 GNT). That kind of love may seem impossible. It can be a challenge to put someone else's interests above our own, make sacrifices for them, let go of past hurts, forgive and look for the best in someone else. But with God helping us we can show others this kind of love.
Sometimes we may struggle with loving others, because we don't love ourselves enough. We first need to know that we're loved by God, and that we're worthy of love just as we are. Once we're secure in that, we'll be in a great place to love others well. We'll be able to show them our love, and also point them to the God who loves them more than we ever could.
So what now? Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 every morning for the next week. Pray that you would be able to show this kind of love in all your relationships.
Soulfood: Gen 7-9 Luke 7:36-50 Ps 111 Pro 3:29-30,