How well do you love? Yesterday we continued our series ONE at Life Church looking at relationships and marriage. Tony tackled the misunderstood, often vague, topic of love. None of us ever get taught how to love growing up and most of us have seen very few examples of it done successfully. We were challenged to take 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and evaluate how well we love. One way to do that is to replace the word love with your name. Here is how mine looks:
"Scott is patient, Scott is kind. Scott does not envy, Scott does not boast, Scott is not proud. Scott is not rude, Scott is not self-seeking, Scott is not easily angered, Scott keeps no record of wrongs. Scott does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Scott always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Which aspect of love in your life is missing or furthest from a reality in your relationship?
The last sentence is where I find myself most lacking. It may seem unrealistic for love to always protect, trust, hope and persevere. However, people who have been in love a long time seem to always think the best of their spouse, and I believe this is what God does with us. I find myself often times quickly becoming critical, second guessing, doubting or not thinking the best of Courtney. This is something I want to change.
Father, thank you for giving us such practical and clear advice on how to love well. Teach me through your Holy Spirit about loving Courtney in a way that I always think the best of her. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to make this a reality in my life and our marriage. Amen.