#196: Power Play – Love

Heart and Ice Power Play - Love

We don’t yet see things clearly.  We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.  But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!  We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!  But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.  And the best of the three is love.  (1 Corinthians 13:12-13, MSG)

 

God and love can’t be separated, because God is love.  If we want to have a relationship with God, we have to learn to love the right way – patiently, unselfishly, unfailingly, and without judgement.  Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:11-12)  Our ability to love others is challenged when we come across people who think differently than us, who have different values or beliefs.  This is an opportunity to learn about love and show love even when it might be difficult – we are all His and God wants us to love everyone, not just those who are easy to love.  The apostle Paul taught us that love isn’t an all-or-nothing thing – it’s something that you can grow in (Philippians 1:3-11).  Loving through difficult circumstances and without receiving it back in return isn’t easy, but it’s how we grow.

 

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.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

Game Plan:  Let all that you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).  Pray for patience and guidance to grow in love.  The way that we feel God’s love is through the love of others.  Let God’s love shine through you.

 

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