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October 2, 2017

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading.

Memory Verse of the Week

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
(1 John 4:8 ESV)

1 Corinthians (ESV)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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  1. Last week I had a homework assignment from a Bible study that I go to. We were studying our Heavenly Father’s relationship to us. The students were to write out 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 but replacing ‘love’ with ‘my Heavenly Father’ and the pronoun ‘it’ with ‘He’. Using the NIV (New International Version) Bible here is how that passage would now read:

    4. My Heavenly Father is patient, my Heavenly Father is kind, He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud.
    5. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs.
    6. My Heavenly Father does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
    7. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
    8. My Heavenly Father 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.

    I thought it was interesting that the LORD is bringing up God’s love again. Especially the love of our Heavenly Father. Something to take into consideration for those who have issues of any kind with their earthly Father’s. Thank God He is our Heavenly Father. No matter what, we all have a dad! (Abba!)

    1. Loving and trusting a Heavenly Father can be so challenging for those who had bad relationships with their early dads. I’m glad God’s love is perfect love and never ends!

  2. I love this chapter! As I’ve said before, I’m an organized person who utilizes lists often, as they’re very helpful to me in accomplishing tasks.
    1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 helps me to keep a checklist in my head when I want to make sure that what I am practicing is the act of true love in any given situation. “Am I being patient? Kind? Humble? Am I willing to compromise? Do I feel genuinely happy for this person’s good fortune, or am I jealous? Deep in my heart, am I hoping for blessings for another, or do I want to see them fail so that they can learn a lesson?”
    I want my love for others to be pure and genuine, in the way God commands us to love one another. For me, these verses are easy to remember and help me to keep my “love-giving” in check!

    1. I thought of you when I wrote out the list of what love is (and what it’s not) from 1 Corinthians 13. 🙂

      I love your last line,

      For me, these verses are easy to remember and help me to keep my “love-giving” in check!

      Rock on, Brynne!

  3. How do we define love? Is it based on our subjective experiences? Is it defined by our parents, friends, close relationships or even our culture?

    When we consider “The Love of God” in this week’s Bible reading, does our experiences and understanding of what love is influence our understanding of God’s love? Do we bring “baggage” into our relationship with God which limits our trust in Him and His love for us?

    Here is a list from 1 Corinthians 13 defining what love is (and what it’s not):

    1. Patient
    2. Kind
    3. Does not envy
    4. Does not boast
    5. Is not arrogant
    6. Is not rude
    7. Does not insist on its own way
    8. Is not irritable
    9. Is not resentful
    10. Does not rejoice at wrongdoing
    11. Rejoices with the truth
    12. It bears all things
    13. Believes all things
    14. Hopes all things
    15. Endures all things
    16. It never ends

    Is this list reflective of the love we have received from people? Is this how we love?

    What about the “does nots” and the “is nots” in the list? Do these describe what I’ve experience from people? Are these attributes of my character and what I’ve been to others?

    If Jesus said the greatest commandments are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39), what kind of love am I loving with?

    If my experiences have left me jaded, untrusting, resentful, hurt, bitter or empty, how can I love God with all my heart, soul and mind? How can I love my neighbor? How can I love myself?

    Father, I pray that you help me love with your love. I pray that you continue to teach me how to walk in your love, not hindered by my experiences and understanding of love. Help us as a church reflect your LOVE to others so we may be a LIGHT that points them to you. In Jesus’ name and for His glory, Amen.

    1. It’s great that you wish this for yourself, Bonnie! But this love is only produced in us by the Holy Spirit. It’s a God-given love that overcomes our limited human love and allows us to love with God’s love.

      Galatians 5:22-26 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

      I pray that you “keep in step with the Spirit” as you desire to love like this!

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