To love - what does this mean exactly? I think I know what love is and what love does. I love serving my family, I adore my husband and children, I love Jesus, and I love love. I find joy in helping others, being creative, singing to the radio and writing. But what about the mundane necessities of life such as grocery shopping, cleaning, and laundry? Am I really supposed to “love” these things too?
Jesus says Yes.
Let’s read through 1 Corinthians 13: 1-7, 13.
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 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. 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.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
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.
Isn’t it refreshing to know that we love only because He first loved us? Jesus gave us the ability to love. Reading this chapter allows me to go about the mundane daily tasks with a happy heart.
I get to provide food for my family because we can afford to go grocery shopping. Thank you God for this reminder. I will remember this and go bless others who cannot provide meals when their family needs food.
I get to provide clean clothes for my children and when the clothing tears, I am able to provide patches or new clothes for them as they grow. Thank you Lord for this blessing and I will go bless another who cannot provide clothing for their children.
I get to clean my home. Thank you Lord for providing shelter - a warm and cozy home to give our children a comforting place to be reared and a place for my husband to rest and be renewed. Oh Lord, thank you for this blessing, I will clean with a happy heart for you and now I will go out and be an ambassador for Christ. If that means I provide a warm meal and a place to gather in my home that you have provided, then I will do this with joy.
In all things, love.
Pray with me: Heavenly Father, I bow down to you in adoration for your unwavering love for me. It is so beautiful how you first loved us! Thank you for your sacrifice so that we may go about loving freely and sharing your love with others. I do not want to take this freedom lightly. Thank you. I ask that you guide me to your Word every day and allow this time to strengthen my relationship with you Lord so that it would be pleasing to you and that you would remain my guiding light in my daily life; in the mundane, in the mess and in the beauty. Thank you for the humbling message of 1 Corinthians 13 that teaches us that grumbling is not love. I ask that when I begin to notice the grumbling spirit rise up in me that you Lord would speak to me and remind me of your unfailing love and how your blessings flow down upon our family each day. I pray that I can continue to be obedient in blessing others when I hear your voice. I ask that I see blessings in all things, even the trials in life, because I know you are with me each moment. And in each moment, you love me. Father I pray that my family and I, and our brothers and sisters in Christ would strive to live by this message and love in all things because of your sacrifice for us.
AMEN. Let it be so.