TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• A few weeks ago, I shared a devotion that I wrote for my church’s Christmas advent book. Today is second of the two contributions I made, and I thought I’d share it with you…
Every night, my husband Wayne programs the coffee maker. And every morning, I wake up to a fresh pot of coffee. As the first to get up every morning, I’m very appreciative of this gesture since I really am one of those “I need coffee to make coffee” kind of girls.
One morning, I found a note beside the coffee maker that simply said, “1 Corinthians 13:4-7.” These verses are a wonderful reminder about the definition of love. But as much as this passage is associated with weddings, it’s not about romantic love.
With that said, let’s have a little Christmas Eve activity. Here is our passage:
_______________ is patient and kind; _______________ does not envy or boast; _______________ is not arrogant or rude. _______________ does not insist on its own way; _______________ is not irritable or resentful; _______________ does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. _______________ bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Notice something missing? Everywhere “Love” or “it” is in the passage, I’ve removed, and your challenge today is to fill in the blanks with your name.
Gulp much? Yeah, I did too.
Every attribute and description of love in this passage has the face of Jesus attached to it. Let’s do this again with Jesus’ name:
Jesus is patient and kind; Jesus does not envy or boast; Jesus is not arrogant or rude. Jesus does not insist on its own way; Jesus is not irritable or resentful; Jesus does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Jesus bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
He bore all our sins on the cross. He believed in the assignment given to Him to be the sacrifice for the world. He offers hope to all who believe in Him. He endured undeserved and indescribable agony and humiliation for us. And His love continues. And will continue forever (vs. 8).
Tomorrow, we celebrate the birth of Christ. There’s no time like the present to start loving others as Jesus does.
Today, as you pray, that Jesus that He IS love. That His name works in every definition of love. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you show others the kind of Jesus-love we are called to model. Ask Him to give you opportunities to show love through patience, kindness, humility, selflessness, and in truth.