Following is the post I just published on the CwS blog:
Growing In Love!
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Want to begin something challenging with me? Let’s begin memorizing 1 Corinthians 13, one verse at a time. And while we’re memorizing, let’s ask God to make these verses real to us – as we strive to obey and live what we’re memorizing.
By the way, no one will be quizzing you! So as you attempt to memorize one verse per week, don’t worry if you can’t recite it perfectly. The purpose is to hide God’s Word in your heart – to fall in love with Him at a whole new level.
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV)
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.
Here's a nugget from F.B. Meyer's commentary about the word "love" found in I Cor. 13:1-13. I especially love his suggestion to substitute Jesus’ name for the word love:
"Jesus sits for His portrait in these glowing sentences, and of Him every clause is true. Substitute His name for love throughout the chapter, and say whether it is not an exact likeness."
Father, teach me how to really love. I pray as I begin memorizing this beautiful chapter that I grow in the knowledge of the true meaning of love. I want to recognize Your love for me (and Your love that dwells in me!) more and more.
This week’s goal:
To be intentional in actively loving others (even the unlovable), while memorizing 1 Corinthians 13:1.
Will you join me?
- Are you a person who loves others with the love of God? Or do you resemble a clanging cymbal more?
- If you would like a copy of this verse, please use the comment link below. I will email you this verse, formatted to fit a standard index card, in your favorite translation. (Be sure to subscribe to the blog, via email).