2022 01 05

Good morning.

Love! What a complex emotion! Or is it an action? Or is it just a word that is used to describe our affections for anything from family to chocolate, to a sports team, to a favorite pair of shoes?

In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul outlines the perfect demonstration of love–it is patient, kind, doesn’t envy, doesn’t boast, isn’t self-seeking! It is this "love" that we are commanded to show. He ends with saying that “love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (13:6). This is more than a list of what you should do. It is a reminder of how God loves us and commands us to love others–not in our own strength but in God’s, through His Spirit living in us.

This love seeks the best in a righteous and self-sacrificing way. That is the kind of love followers of God need to aspire to.

The problem is it is hard to do. Sometimes we are not in the mood to put ourselves out, or people are too difficult and challenging.

Love can be costly at times—even sacrificial. But without it, where would we be? God spared no expense when demonstrating His great love for us through Jesus Christ, so let’s commit to loving others, in good times and in hard times, no matter what.