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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I am using the Message Bible for this week’s quote:
1 Corinthians 13:13b
... Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
How about it?
Let’s commit to trust steadily in God! Let’s grow in our confidence that He can do absolutely anything. And that He cares about our every concern. It would mean trusting Him to take care of our children as they start a new school year and knowing He is able to speak to the hearts of our unsaved loved ones.
Let’s hope unswervingly! Let’s be unshakable in our expectations in what He says He can do in every area of our lives. It would mean hoping in spite of the doctor’s diagnosis or when the house payment is already one month late.
And finally, let’s love extravagantly! Since the greatest of these attributes is love, let’s love God and people generously. It is my prayer to love as lavishly as God loves me. And I want to consistently practice loving those around me, even when they cut me off in traffic or say unkind things about my child.
Do you feel as if you aren’t anywhere near these kinds of commitments? Me, either.
But I refuse to be discouraged. Instead, if we focus on God – how much He loves us, and all the reasons we love Him – then perhaps our ability to mature in these areas will soon become a reality.
Friends, we can learn to “1 Corinthians 13” love! But only with God’s help. Let’s pursue this, with expectations of succeeding.
We can love better because God (Who is love!) dwells within us.
Father, help me to trust You steadily, hope unswervingly, and most of all, love as lavishly as You love me!
This week’s Goal:
While memorizing 1 Corinthians 13:13, I commit to trust God steadily, hope unswervingly, and love God (and others) extravagantly. I resolve to consider how I choose to respond to others, every time, choice by choice.
We did it!
Congratulations! We have just completed memorizing and learning to obey the entire 1 Corinthians 13 chapter. Don’t worry if you didn’t get the verses down perfectly, regarding memorizing and living them out. God is faithful to complete the work He has begun in us. (Phil. 1:6)
- How did you do?
- Which verse(s) do you need to spend more time on?