Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We usually hear these words at weddings, and it is certainly good for spouses to remember what love looks like on a daily basis. But these words are for all of us—they were written to a church in Corinth where some church members were forgetting to take care of others. There were divisions. There were power-struggles. There were class-differences. There were people believing that what they did at church was more important and more impressive than other people’s contributions. It was messy and everyone was freaking out.
And Paul tells them that all the wisdom and knowledge and faith in the world are meaningless if they don’t learn how to love each other.
Are you part of a group of people who are stressing out? It could be your family, or your friends, or people you work or study with. Take a minute to look at the description of love in this Bible verse. Based on this description of love, what is one change you can make in the way you treat these people around you?
Now, ask for help to make one small change today. You could use this prayer, or use your own words:
God of Love, I want to love _______ better. Please help me change the way that I _________________________.