Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

First Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. I know the holiday coming up this weekend is difficult for many, especially for the singles. This day of love has become known as “Singles Awareness Day” or a “Hallmark Holiday.” But it’s difficult even if you’re dating or married. Women can have such high expectations on this glamorized holiday, which can lead to high pressure on the guys to plan the perfect date (I’m totally stereotyping here!) There’s so much pressure on this one day to show your love to one special person.

But what about the other 364 days of the year? What about all the other people in your life? I don’t want my boyfriend to show his love on one day of the year and forget the rest. I want it every day. And I don’t want just his love; I want love from all the people in my life. In order to have good relationships, I need to display love, too. But to love well is hard. Just look at the love chapter. Love is patient, it’s kind, not self-seeking and it perseveres. It can be a sacrifice to lay down pride for the sake of someone else. But it’s a choice. A choice we have to make daily to love the people around us. Jesus commanded us to love others as He has loved us (John 15:12). That’s a high standard, yet it’s the calling of a Christian. Love is the mark of a Christian (John 13:35). Because we are not perfect in this area (or any area of our lives), Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit to walk with us, to guide us and to help us grow.

Prayer:
Lord, help me to love well today and every day. Help me fight the urge to be selfish and demanding. Let others see Your love through how I love them and serve them. Please Lord, be with those who will have a hard time this February 14th, for various reasons. Help them see they are loved perfectly by You.

Question:
How well do you love?

Challenge:
Take a moment to walk through this list in 1 Corinthians 13 and ask yourself how well you’re doing with each one. If there is one area your really struggle with, ask the Lord to help you overcome this. Ask someone you trust to join you in prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you to love others better.

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