1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV) reads “4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not seek its own way, it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
We’ve all read and heard this scripture so many times and, a lot of the time, we look at it as a goal to work towards. But, what if we looked at it knowing God is love? The Scripture would then read like this: “God is patient and kind; He does not envy or boast; He is not arrogant or rude. He does not seek His own way, He is not irritable or resentful; He does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
To take things a step further, we (humans) are made in God’s image. This means we’re made in the image of love. It is imprinted into who we are. Just as love is who God is, love is who we are at the very heart of ourselves. If we then take that thought and turn it to the Love scripture, we could write a list that would read: “I am patient and kind. I do not envy or boast; I am not arrogant or rude. I do not insist on my own way; I am not irritable or resentful; I do not rejoice at wrongdoing, but I rejoice with the truth. I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things.”
So the next time you say something like, “That’s what that person gets!” (I’m guilty of doing that just 2 days ago) or “They don’t deserve that as much as I do” or “I’m just not a patient person”, remember you’re made in the image of God, the image of LOVE! It’s who you are!!!
Proverbs 18:21(ESV) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Begin to speak your GOD GIVEN IDENTITY OVER YOURSELF! I guarantee your daily life will change. Be blessed friends!!!
Love Jesus, love people, love life!