Are you like me—quick to measure how you’re being loved by others? It’s easy to tally up the ways someone has let me down by not loving me the way I thought they should. My pride often keeps me from seeing the many ways my love also falls short.
I was listening to a podcast recently, and the pastor asked the congregation to insert his/her name into 1 Corinthians 13, as a test to measure how well you love. I didn’t have to go much further than the first sentence to know I had some growing to do.
But the good news is, when we see the reality of where we fall on this spectrum, we can appreciate the great measure of love our Heavenly Father has towards us.
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he encourages them “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19
The fullness of God is found in Christ and through the Holy Spirit which empowers us to love others because of his love for us.
When I see the great chasm of God’s love for me—his immeasurable love that surpasses my human ability to really understand it—it humbles me and makes me want to love others better.
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.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Now, place your name on the arrows below and read the verse again out loud. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill every area of your life to the fullest, so that you may love others as he has loved you.
Try this verse, too:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3
What areas do you need to work on in order to love others well?
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