Today's Devotional Thought
January 18, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
Oftentimes when we sit down to write devotions for our readers, we pull from something we are reading in our own daily devotions or we pull from something we are teaching or we pull just from our own lives of walking with the Lord. As we grow and mature in him, we find that he shows us many things we need to work on or simply turn over to him as we grow.
There are some days that God just lays topics on our heart that we just must share with all of you. And today, the topic that is laying on my heart so strongly is love.
When you think of love, what do you think of? Who do you think of? Who do you love? Who loves you? How well do you love others? What does it even mean to love someone else?
When I think of love, I instantly think of I Corinthians 13. It is known as the love chapter and details what it means to love others. As we see in this chapter, love is patient and kind. It does not envy and it does not boast. It does not dishonor others and it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres (v. 4-7).
Simply put, love is not selfish.
How well do you love like this?
I am sure with some people and in some situations, we love like this pretty well. There are simply some people in our lives and some situations that are just easy to love like this.
But what about those people who are really hard to love?
What about those situations where it seems like loving like this is nearly impossible?
Sweet friends, the world teaches us to love others as long as it brings something back to us. As long as we are still getting something from another person, then we should love them and stay in a relationship with them. In fact, the world constantly tells us to look out for #1 and if we aren't getting treated the way we want to be treated, then just find someone else.
But that's not what Jesus tells us. Nor is it what he showed us. He tells us to love with the other person in mind. Care about their needs, not yours. Care about their hurts, not yours. Care about what they need protected, honored, or trusted.
Jesus commands us not just to love when it's easy. But, to love when it is hard. When it goes against our natural selves. When it requires that we call on him and channel his love, because we simply cannot do it on our own strength.
Oh beloved friends, I pray that you desire to love like this. I know I do. And today, my prayer is that you love like this, not just because you want to, but because it is what Jesus commands and because he is just waiting to love others through you.