1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
In week 3 of our Living Beyond Yourself (LB Y) study we focused on love. Learning what love is and what love isn't. Learning about how that no matter how much I think I've grown as a Christian in the past few years, I still have way more to learn and that God will always remind me of that fact. This brings me to the concept of agape love.
Agape love. Commitment rather than feeling. Unconditional. Not a new concept for me, however when I am forced to examine my life in the light of scripture I find myself dreadfully lacking here. Not with everyone, but in certain corners of my world. Why do I have to be so impatient? God is patient with me, no?
God is patient, God is kind. God loved the world including you and me so much that He sent His only Son from His home in heaven down to earth to bear the punishment for the sins of all of us so that we might inherit eternal life. We celebrate His death today and His glorious resurrection in 2 more days. I thought it was really cool that I ended this week's homework today (Good Friday) and the discussion was about God's agape love for us. Love in action. Charity. We celebrate that ultimate act of love today. How precious.
I guess I'll conclude today by sending everyone here. It was my post from earlier today, inspired by LBY's lesson today. I didn't label it LBY because I was trying to play by the "rules" after all and not post early. I pray that everyone is able to take some time the next few days and remember what the Easter holiday is all about. I also pray that each on of us can seek to be more like Jesus in how we love others.