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Loving Like Christ

by Tereciah on November 10, 2013

Loving Like Christ

Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  It does notdemand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Lovenever gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.  1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NLT

Patience?  I’m working on it.

Jealous, boastful, rude or proud?  Are you kidding me?  Nope, I’m perfect!

What’s wrong with having my own way sometimes?

I can be irritable and yes, I have been known to keep a record of wrongs – but only when I want to win an argument. Who doesn’t do that?!

Rejoicing when the “truth wins out?” Well, I’ve been known to say “I told you so!” with gusto a time or two. Okay, maybe three!

Do any of these responses sound familiar? Maybe something you’ve said in passing?

It’s easy for us to read the above scripture and gloss over the true meaning of what love is.  The kind of love that Jesus himself portrayed. Easy to justify our actions to make them acceptable to the circumstances.

When the apostle Paul wrote this particular scripture he wanted the church in Corinth to know that their behavior should line up with that of Christ.  It didn’t matter if they could speak in the language of angels, had the gift of prophecy, had wealth or status.  He desired that they should treat each other with Christ’s perfect demonstrated love.

Several times in my walk with God he’s had to remind me of what it meant to love like Christ in my marriage.  He had to teach me that keeping a record of perceived injustices were wrong.  I had to learn how to let go and rely on my faith that God would work it out and literally apply what I was learning to my life.

It was hard because I thought it was unfair that I had to show a Christ like love I wasn’t feeling.  My flesh would scream in pain with the need to “get back” but my faith and desire to please the Father would strengthen me to stay on the right path.

If you’re finding it hard to show that Christ like love that Apostle Paul wrote about in the book of Corinthians, then I suggest you go to God and ask Him to teach you how to apply it and to give you the strength and perseverance and desire to achieve it.

The next time you’re tested with showing love like Christ did, ask yourself “What would Jesus do?”

Be Blessed!

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