12.16.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: The Definition of Love

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Every night, my husband programs the coffee maker.

And every morning, I wake up to a fresh pot of coffee.

This morning, I found a note beside the coffee maker that simply said, “1 Corinthians 13:4-8.”

These verse are a staple for wedding ceremonies throughout the world, and are a good reminder for anyone — married or unmarried — about the definition of love.

The verses say, “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. Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a).

My husband’s note was a wonderful way to start the day, and I’m thankful to be married to a man who is constantly seeking God’s will and plan.

I love that this note wasn’t about a romantic love, but about the love modeled by Jesus Christ Himself.

Every attribute and description about love in this passage has the face of Jesus attached to it.

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.

As we are just over a week from Christmas, let us remember that the greatest example of God’s love for us came to earth as a baby — the very Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being the model of perfect love.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you love others as Jesus told us to do.

And ask Him to help you keep the truth of these verses to mind in all circumstances.

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