This morning I was reminded of a situation that once occurred with an acquaintance. They wanted me to do something that, at the time, I couldn’t do. I told them I could do it, but it would have to be a few days later. That didn’t really work out for them.
Wanting to make sure I wasn’t missing God; I spoke with a friend about it. This friend basically said, “You can only do what you can do, don’t worry about it.” So, I decided to let it go and move on.
Moments later, the Lord spoke to me and convicted me with four simple words. “What would love do?”
1 Corinthians 1-8 declares, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
The Passion Bible says it like this; Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving.
Love, God’s love is incredibly patient and consistently kind to ALL. I wonder how many of us can say we are incredibly patient and consistently kind when we find ourselves in challenging situations, especially with friends and family?
I know I can’t say that at the moment, but I can say, I am diligently working toward it.
Many years ago, I heard a minister say, “If you are going to err, err on the side of love, for love never fails.”
I have made that a guide in my life – when I don’t know which way to go – I choose the way of love. In doing so, love covers me.
When God asks us, “What would love do?” He is basically saying, “What would I do?”
God is love. If we are to follow Him, we must choose the path of love…every single time.
Frankly, it is most important to respond in love when you feel the least like it.
John 13:35 says, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The only way the world will know if we truly belong to God is by our love for one another…may we never forget this truth.
Meditate on this!
Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Cor. 16:14