We human beings have an overwhelming tendency to jump to conclusions, to expect the worst in order to avoid disappointment, and to turn our backs on people who hurt us. Yet the Bible says, “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT).
The extent to which we are able to demonstrate this kind of love requires God’s operative grace in our lives. We can love with this kind of love when we remember that life is not about us; it’s about dying to self and surrendering our sinful tendencies to Christ. When we do, we are freed up to love one another as we want to be loved ourselves, and we get a taste of how we are loved by Christ.
Think about whom you struggle most to love. Pray about that relationship, surrender it to Christ, and begin letting His love flow through you to other imperfect humans.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” —John 13:34
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. —Philippians 2:3–4
“Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.” —Mark 10:43–44
From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Pre-order your copy of this new Women of Faith devotional now.