1 Corinthians 13 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited; does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs; finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
Whenever my wife and I lead music, we usually sing a song I wrote, called “Two Sets Of Joneses”. “2 Joneses” is a song about two young married couples, on the starting line of their relationships. One couple chooses to build their relationship on the sandy foundation of the World, while the others choose to build on the solid foundation offered by Yeshua.
In the narrative of the song, severe difficulty befalls both couples, but only one couple was left standing in the end. Let’s just say, while the Worldly alternative often looks more attractive at a glance, it cannot endure long-term strain.
One reason the World’s “love” ultimately lets us down is because the World has redefined the term, “love”. In our culture, we use the word “love” in many different contexts. We say we love our moms, but we also love apple pie. We (heart) poodles & unicorns, and we love Yeshua? So, what is LOVE, really?
Here, in 1 Corinthians 13, the apostle Paul lays out a picture of love, as G_d designed it.
It is sobering to reflect on what love actually is. Where Paul states, “Love is…”, try asking something like , “Am I?”. Try reading today’s passage with that approach:
Am I patient and kind? Do I envy? Am I boastful or conceited? Do I act improperly? Am I selfish or provoked? Do I keep a record of wrongs and find joy in unrighteousness? Do I rejoice in the truth, bear, believe, hope and endure all things? Does my love end?
The Bible says: “They will know we are My disciples by the love you have for one another.” John 13:35
How effective are you at loving, humbly and sacrificially, as Yeshua loves?
“But G_d proves His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us!” Romans 5:8
Let’s live-out today’s passage from the perspective of “I will be…”
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Thursday, September 12, 2013