‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength…’
Since love is the constant in the two parts of the greatest commandment…love God and love neighbour…it is important that we have clarity on exactly what love is.
Love is defined in great detail in 1 Corinthians 13. So now the question is how are we doing when it comes to practicing love?
Are we ever impatient with God? Are we unkind to God? Are we ever boastful, taking credit for what God enables us to do? Are we rude to God? Are we self-seeking, forgetting to love God first? Are we easily angered by God? Do we keep a mental record of the ways we think God has wronged us? Or do we trust, hope, and persevere in doing what is right, to honor God?
When we look at love as Paul has defined it and apply it to God and to our neighbors, I think I we will immediately see that we have a lot of growing to do.
Let us spend this Lent and this global lockdown examining our love. And let’s remember to thank God for His perfect love.
Dear God, I confess that I often fall short of showing true love to You and to others. Forgive me, and help me to love the way You do. Amen.
Excerpts of this devotional are taken from Reframemedia