Have you ever met someone who, by society’s standards, seemed successful in every way? Attractive, talented, financially established. Livin’ the dream.
Everything looked impressive on the outside for awhile, but then the truth came out—his or her personal life was a shambles. So were relationships at work.
Although everything seemed stacked in this individual’s favor, something was obviously missing. And that something was critically important. That something was love.
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal,” says 1 Corinthians 13:1. How true!
Imagine—I could write a New York Times bestseller but if I didn’t love others, I would be nothing more than a woman who pens meaningless jibberish.
You and I can be the world’s best advice givers, but without love we’re nothing.
You and I can own the most beautiful homes in town, but without love we’re nothing.
You and I can win an Olympic gold medal, but without love we’re nothing.
You and I can earn accolades for volunteerism, but without love we’re nothing.
Why is love so important? Because God is love. It’s His very nature. And those of us who say we’re His children are to display the same nature. That’s how all men will know that we’re His followers—if we have love one for another.
As I’ve pondered 1 Corinthians 13, I’ve decided to pray daily that God will make me a woman who loves because that means I’ll become more like Him. Would you like to join me?
Here’s my prayer: “Heavenly Father, I praise You for being the God who embodies and demonstrates love. Please teach me to love You more fully for who You are and all You’ve done for me. And then teach me to love others as You do—unconditionally, unreservedly, freely. Make me a woman whose sole motivation for all I do is love for You and for mankind. Amen.”
Can you imagine what the world would look like if every Christ follower prayed this prayer?
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