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Light for February

“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 )

I’m actually going to do a whole post on this section of 1 Corinthians next week so I won’t go get too terribly in depth here but I will say that I heard someone say that when you think you have met “the one” to put their name in the place of the word love and if they don’t fit you might want to reconsider that relationship. No one is perfect but if the Lord says this is love then that’s a pretty good definition. Here’s the thing, I think you can also put YOUR name in the place of the word love and see how you are fulfilling the command of 1 Corinthians 16:14 that says, “Let all you do be done in love.” Maybe you’re not “the one” yet?

If I’m honest, I’m better at some of these qualities than others. For example, I’m really good at hoping and boasting isn’t really an issue for me but I can be proud and I’ve definitely envied others in the past. I hope by memorizing these verses this month, it will keep the “requirements of love” in the forefront of my mind and help me to remember to practice each of these. So, as we go through the month of love let’s consider how well we really show love to those around us.

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