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Day 5 – Make a List #2

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 (NIV)

Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.  And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Reflection

The Apostle Paul plainly states in 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 how we can live out day to day a life of love.  We are utterly bankrupt without love, our actions, intentions, or even exercising spiritual gifts mean nothing if not done in love.  The amazing reality of our lives is that God first loved us and displayed the most excellent way of love in and through the life, death and resurrection of Christ.  He has rescued us from a life of not knowing or experiencing what true love is into a life of love, his perfect love that will last.  Because of what God has done for us and has called us to, we can live and will live a life of love that will last.

Responding to the Word

Thank God again for the life to which He has called us - a life of love that will last.  Then, choose another person (you already chose one yesterday) with whom you would like to be more loving and less self-seeking.  Once again, choose a couple of the characteristics of love that Paul lists here in verses 4-7 and write down some practical ways that you can show love that is like that to that person. (See also the examples from yesterday’s transmission if it helps.)

Like yesterday, commit what you have written to God, pray and ask Him to help you in these specific things and that He would give us even more ways to focus on others.

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