**** This post is a little different than usual because I didn’t write it myself. My daughter, Grace, wrote it. I’m sure you’ll like it because she’s a much better writer than me.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NCV
God is the ultimate example of love. Love comes from God. Love defines Him (1 John 4:8). We’re told to live a life of love, like how Jesus loved us (Ephesians 5:2). How can we do that?
Before we can love others with all of our hearts, we have to realize how much God loves us. Nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). He loves us so much that He gave Jesus as the sacrifice for our sin, to tear the curtain separating us from God, so everyone who believes in Jesus will have eternal life with Him (John 3:16). Eternal is forever. God’s love is forever (Psalm 107:1). He loves us unconditionally. We love because God loves us (1 John 3:21).
We have to genuinely love each other how Jesus loves us (John 13:34). Sharing life through words and actions is how we can show love to others (1 John 3:18). It’s hard to love everyone all the time, but we have Christ in us, and we can do all things in Christ because he gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). God gives us a Spirit of love (2 Timothy 1:7). The more we listen, the easier love will become for us. Our title verses paint a pretty clear-cut picture of what love is, and Jesus is the example we can look at to see perfect love in action.
We can’t talk about love without patience. Patience is mentioned twice in our title verses and about 47 times in the Bible as a whole. It must be important. Patience doesn’t mean standing around doing nothing. The patience we need is a kind that rests in God and keeps us hanging on when life gets hard. Patience where we do good while we wait, not giving up (Galatians 6:9). Since love is patient, we have to stay with God and continue living in love as best we can.
Gay or straight, black or white, conservative or liberal, atheist or Christian, we all are in need of love. Every one of us is human. All of us have sinned. All of us need God’s grace (Romans 3:23-24). It’s cliche, but true: we should treat others how we want to be treated (Luke 6:31). We may think we know everything about other people, but we may never know their backstory, why they are how they are. Who we do know is Christ. He died for ALL of us. Our beliefs or actions may differ from the people next to us, but rather than judge them by looking at “flaws”, we can show them mercy.
The song for this post is “Heathens” by twenty one pilots (one of my favorite bands). There are a few different ways the lyrics can be interpreted, but I like listening with a biblical viewpoint in mind. Even though they aren’t a “Christian band”, both members are Christians and most of their songs reflect those beliefs. “Heathens”, in particular, fits the title verses well. Enjoy <3