Thursday, September 29, 2011

Love Does Not Insist On Its Own Rights

Part 6 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:5b (speaking about Love)
it does not seek its own, (NASB)

Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; (Amplified)

Beginning the discussion:

A highway sign tells me to merge into the next lane because my lane is ending. Within a short time, I merge. Then close to where the lane ends, several drivers are still in the closing lane. I see their blinkers, but I refuse to let them in. I merge on time; therefore, I have the right to ignore them (and in a way, punish them) for waiting until the last minute. They should have merged sooner – behind me. Then I justify my selfish attitude by believing my need to get home is more urgent then theirs.

Many times, my attitudes are driven by the way I want to be treated. I can be a great person to hang out with, especially when I get my way.

But  isn’t it true that when we put the needs of others ahead of our own – or even better – when we seek to  protect  another’s rights (such as the preborn, or victims of bullying), we are demonstrating God’s love that is in us?

So as we continue memorizing bit-by-bit the love chapter in 1 Corinthians, let’s strive toward putting the needs of others ahead of our own. And I mean literally, when we catch ourselves about to put our rights ahead of another, let’s recall “love does not seek its own (way)” and behave differently: yielding our rights to be more like Jesus. He, of course, is our best model. He never exerted His rights while living on earth, when He had every right to do so.

Discussion Points for 1 Corinthians 13:5b: (Love) does not seek its own:

• What would it cost you to give up your rights just once this week? How much would you gain?
• How many times a day do you look for ways to protect your rights?
• How many times in a week do you defend or protect someone else’s rights?

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