I have been reading through 1 Corinthians almost daily this month, and every time I came to 1 Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter), I would just read over it with almost a “ho-hum” attitude. I had heard it so many times before, I could almost recite it!
But when I was reading it a few days ago, a phrase popped into my mind.
“God is Love!”
Wow, that was an interesting thought! If God IS love, then those with their focus on Him will have that love spreading through their entire lives! If we were to focus on God, He will fulfill those attributes in us!
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Matthew 6:22
I decided I had to find that verse, so I looked it up. It fit with the rest of the puzzle!
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
1 John 4:16
I know of too many girls, including myself, who have gotten bogged down, discouraged, and depressed with trying to show every aspect of love (charity) mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13. It may have worked for a while, and at one time I even prayed through every aspect mentioned! But just as God does not want us to live bound by the law (the commandments given in the Old Testament), I’m sure He does not want us to live bound by the attributes of love!
He really makes it quite simple! John 15 talks about us abiding in the vine, and just as a branch in a vine cannot force himself to grow, neither can we. It is as we receive nurturing and strength from the Vine (God) that we naturally, almost unconsciously, grow and produce fruit (some of which are the fruits of love).
“But seek ye first the
, and His
righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” kingdom
As we focus on the Lord, and build our relationship with Him, He will begin to work and make Himself known in every area of our lives. Especially the area of love! God IS love! Love is what makes Him different from all other “gods”, and love is how He manifests Himself in us and to others!
Praise God for His amazing love, and for how He works in our lives when we are surrendered to Him!