L.O.V.E.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
When you think of a wedding scripture reading what comes to mind?

Alright – all together now: “1 Corinthians 13:4-8!” YES!

For me, I think I’ve heard these verses so many times I’ve sort of become mildly immune to them. My eyes sort of glaze over a little bit when I see it on a wedding bulletin. {Sorry}

Yesterday, I was read it again, and tried to take slower. Bit by bit like I’d never read it before.

Let’s spend the next few days breaking these verses down.

Right at the beginning of this passage of scripture we can pretty much stop right there. {Didn’t get very far did we?}

“L.O.V.E.” 1 Corinthians 13 tells us what LOVE is.

Yesterday, I passionately wrote about loving others, and our call to be lovers of all people.

As I was pondering what I could do, or how I could show people the authentic, sincere love of God, I got to thinking about where does that type of love come from? I know better to think that we can LOVE as God calls us to love on our own strength alone.

Love doesn’t grow out of emptiness. It grows from a heart that is saturated by the Love of God. From a heart that knows it is LOVED.

Check out I John 4:19 – “We love, because He first loved us.”


Can’t be much more straight forward than that, right? The only way we can love, is from the outpouring of love we RECEIVE from The Father God.

Max Lucado says, “Could it be that the secret to loving is receiving?”

When I had lost my way years ago, and made all the mistakes I had, I can’t tell you how UN-lovable I felt. My family kept assuring me that they loved me, and I knew in my head that God still loved me. But I tell ya – it was SO hard to accept. And because I couldn’t accept and receive that love I kept everyone, including God at a distance.

Thinking back to the months, and years that went by where I just couldn’t allow anyone to love me are painful memories. I have never felt more alone. And it was all MY choice. I chose to be closed off to the love that was being offered so freely and without condition.

After some time, my heart softened and I was wooed back by the sweetness of my Savior. He so sweetly allowed me to slowly take one step toward Him, and then another… and then another, until I was once again – fully IN. {The Prodigal}

Have you ever been in a place of feeling so unlovable and unworthy? Or maybe you know someone who is going through this same struggle? God wants you and all people to know that He means it when He says “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” and “Nothing can separate you from the LOVE of God…”.

Here’s God’s great message to you today: Know that you are loved. ACCEPT and RECEIVE His love. Then, and only then will you be able to GIVE that love to others.

Ephesians 5:1-2 – “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly LOVED children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us.”


God bless you!

Daily His,

Ally

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Happily, blissfully married to the love of my life. Waited 40 years for this man! ;) 3 wonderful children - I mean TRULY wonderful. 3 wonderful step-children now - thrilled to be in their lives! 4, soon to be 5 (gasp!) step-grandchildren! Yep! GiGi Ally! ;) Love it! Loving life. Pursuing JOY in every day living. THANKFUL for more than words can ever express... maybe that's why I started this blog! Enjoy today. Enjoy yesterday's moments. Enjoy tomorrow. But most of all: ENJOY NOW!

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