Monday, August 19, 2013

We Did It!

Memorizing and Applying 1 Corinthians 13, One Verse per Week Series, Part 13

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1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
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?


  1. Sheryl, I was very moved by your post.

    I was reading small excerpts from your post to my son. "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."

    I had the good fortune of having been cut off in traffic many years ago when I was a young Christian. I was fuming over something dangerously ignorant this person did to me in traffic. Oddly enough I can no longer remember if it was a male or female, but I do recall the person pulled up beside me and deliberately made eye contact with me and mouthed the words "I'm so sorry; please forgive me." Or something to that effect. I could tell the humility and genuine apology. I was especially moved by their willingness to be vulnerable to me. I saw this as an incredibly brave act. I had never seen anyone respond this way. I have so often wished I could tell them I was able to receive this and the vast impact it has had on my life. I have learned to humble myself when I make foolish mistakes in traffic and mouth the words of apology to very angry people. In effect the scripture "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1 has shown itself to be true and has become real in my life. I have found this lesson invaluable in my life. I would not change it for anything. I learned it, because somebody stepped out in faith and walked in it. That gave me the courage to do the same with others.

    Now your second statement "say unkind things about my child." I told my son
    I don't know if I could love in a situation like that. I mean I have my limits.

    My son replied, "Well be unlimited."

    I do, I do want to be "unlimited!"

    1. I love this comment, Barbara, for several reasons.

      First, thank you for sharing it with your son.

      Secondly, I love your story! It motivates me also to be more like the other driver, too.

      Thirdly, I really like your son's answer to you. Don't you?! Wouldn't it make a great bumper sticker? "Be Unlimited!" It could be a title of a book, followed by bracelets, bumper stickers, etc. Ask Daniel what he thinks about that.

  2. Sheryl, I've been thinking back to that day in Corpus Christi, Texas; the driver of that car was a women; I'm thinking she was in her 40's or 50's; I was in my 20's. And I was thinking about something you told me the other day when I was asking you about women's place in ministry. You told me that women are very powerful and we have an important function in the body of Christ. You are so right. This woman was incredibly powerful and very brave. She reached out and showed an angry stranger love and respect. She humbled herself. She was probably the first person to ever show me such love and respect. I wasn't even sure how to handle it at first. I finally just looked away. I have noticed that is the same response I get when I humbly apology to those I "cut off" while driving. They at first respond with letting me know what a terrible thing I did (just like I did that woman). But when I continue with my sincere apology (as that woman did for me), they too finally look away. And I always pray that God continues to deal with them as He did with me. And I trust He does. I think it would be so incredible if God could use me as a vessel like He used that woman in my life and I could bring His healing and restoration into someone else's life.

    1. What a great reminder of how God can use our simple acts of humility!

      Thank you for stopping by again to add this, Barbara.


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