1 Corinthians 13:1-8
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Is it too late to say happy new year? Well Either way, a very happy and blessed new year to you.
The thought on my heart and mind as last year came to a close and as we began this one, has been on love. I have been assessing my love meter and wondering if I have let the pursuit of achieving one thing or another water down my pursuit to place love above all.
It is often a slow fade where we begin something, a business, a relationship, a service, on the foundation of love and then somewhere along the way other things become more important. That you achieve certain targets, that you are perceived in a certain way or that others fit into the box you have created for them in your mind. My space and my time becomes of more importance than the concerns of others.
One thought in particular today has been about sharing the gospel. I happened to pass by someone I have been sharing with and have been praying for. And God reminded me that He loves that person so much, and He died on the cross for them. And while on that cross, just as much as He loved me and bore my sin, He was loving and seeing, and bearing that person’s sin. It seems obvious an understanding, but it shed light on how I had moved from being moved by love and compassion, to a very cerebral, ” It is good for that person to be saved.” Just something good I was doing on my part. Yet when I began, it had been a journey of looking through God’s eyes at this individual.
In other relationships I am also weighing and checking my heart again. For the physical exhaustion and the myriad of things that need to get done can for sure water down the love drive, and it becomes all about keeping up appearances.
Join me on a retreat, a step back, to re-asses our motives and realign them to tap from the well of love. When it is God’s love that is our drive, we will be moved by that mighty river whose passion never fades. And our fervor and passion for everyday life and our relationships will not dwindle.
Have a love filled year.