This was in my devotionals this morning and though I usually read the NIV, I find when I have memorized a chapter its better to go to a different version and read it so that it is new and fresh language to me. It gave me a different way of looking at it than before. I have always read this chapter with the thoughts of love and good marriage advice. Today, I read it from a missions perspective, from a loving others mindset, which I know was Paul’s original intent, especially from these first three verses.
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. My Interpretation: I could be the Pastor of the largest church in America, if I don’t love people, I am nothing but an irritation.
2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. My Interpretation: I could be the greatest theologian that ever lived and people could read a 1000’s of books that I have written on God’s Word and what it means, but if I miss loving other people or helping other people, I am nothing.
3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. My interpretation: Ditto!
Love never gives up…. I can’t stop loving others.
Love cares more for others than for self…its the greatest cure for being depressed, to think and love others more than my own well being.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have…. Ouch.
Love doesn’t strut….It doesn’t walk around, I am better, or sin less than anyone else.
Doesn’t have a swelled head
Doesn’t force itself on others…Love loves people where they are in life, I am not in charge of changing other people. A most freeing thought, I am not responsible for other people doing right, I can give advice and try and help and pray for others, but I am not responsible for changing them. That is the Holy Spirit’s job, but I still must love them. If I don’t, there’s that creaky rusty gate again. I will not accomplish anything but irritating someone without love for them.
Isn’t always “me first,”…. Obviously!
Doesn’t fly off the handle,….Hard to do in traffic, lol.
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others… All others? Yes, even when someone has seriously offended me.
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,…. I can’t say, I told you so, when someone is down, but Love them and give them a hand up. Jesus has done that for me on more than one occasion.
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always…Not always easy to do, but hide away with Him for a little while and I soon realize, Yes I can trust God Always!
Always looks for the best
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
I used to write with a lot of You’s and Your’s giving unsolicited advice on Facebook and through newsletters. Now, I write with I’s, because “it is me O Lord, Standing in the need of prayer” I pray to keep moving toward Loving Others as Christ Loved the Church and Gave Himself For It!
Serving Side by Side,