Levels of Love
Best Love – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:31
But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.
Yesterday’s description and definition of the “best” level of love is only helpful as we apply it to our daily lives. How sad that so many reduce 1 Corinthians 13 to a wedding ceremony poem, but never truly incorporate it in their marriage. God inspired Paul to write these verses in order to help His children achieve a higher level of love in their daily lives and relationships. It is true that we will struggle to live this level of love perfectly, but like so many truths of the Bible, the more that we practice it, the better our lives get!
As you review 1 Corinthians 13, do you see your level of love increasing? Use the descriptive words the Apostle Paul gave to help you measure yourself. Are you growing more patient; more kind? Are you getting more responsible and trustworthy in life? As you evaluate the last few months, do you see envy, boastfulness or pride decreasing its power over your behavior? Could you be honest enough to judge the rudeness levels of your behaviors or words? How about the anger levels? Is this area of your life under control? Do you sense that you are getting less self-seeking and more generous with those around you?
These are tough questions for any of us to answer. However, if we want to increase our level of love, we must do some intentional work in the weak areas of our love for God and people!
Father, grant me courage to evaluate my life honestly and do the work needed to grow stronger in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.