Make Your Mark: Week 2 - Day 3

Opening Prayer:

Lord, please open my heart to receive the word you would have me hear today.

 

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

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.

 

Reflect:

These words from the apostle Paul highlight a couple of protective components of love that we often tend to skip when we read these verses. Note that he says, love “does not dishonor others”, “love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth.” As we begin to get close to another person we learn all of the good and the bad that makes up their character traits. It is often too easy to jest about someone’s weaknesses with others, which in effect dishonors that person whom we may claim to love. We are delighting in evil rather than rejoicing in truth at the expense of someone else. How can we protect someone in love if we dishonor them? Paul says that the action of love, to protect, is to happen “always” and that it will take perseverance.

 

Apply:

A few years ago the Christian music group DC Talk recorded a song entitled “Luv is a Verb”. The point of the song is the takeaway from today’s passage: love is an active component when you take the step to protect someone. It goes beyond feelings and emotions. It puts the needs of someone else ahead of your own personal needs. Today let us begin exercising our faith by taking action to show love and by protecting someone without dishonoring them with our words or deeds.

 

Closing Prayer:

Father, I long to love others the same way you love me. Help me to be honorable, to always rejoice in truth and to reject the evil tendencies in my heart.

Terry Schneider