Part of Sunday’s scripture reading from 1 Corinthians 13 is posted in my cubicle at work as a reminder to me each day to love. Today’s passage ends saying,
“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Isn’t the promise of eternal life all about love? All I have to do is look in the mirror and deeply look at the person staring back. I know flaws that you don’t know. I’ve done terrible things that you don’t know. I am not even the person that you think you know. Yet God knows me better than I know myself and he loves me.
So here is my daily challenge to live my life fully in love. I have this opportunity always and everywhere in my life but especially each day at work as I am involved with many people. This passage tests me as to how well I really reflect Jesus to all my brothers and sisters. You may also test yourself. In this passage, replace the word love with your name.
Mike is patient; Mike is kind; Mike is not jealous; Mike is not pompous; Mike is not inflated; Mike is not rude; Mike does not seek his own interests; Mike is not quick-tempered; Mike does not brood over injury; Mike does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth; Mike bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things; Mike never fails
I would add that Mike often fails but love, aka Jesus, never fails and only by the grace of God will I be able to really live these words to the fullest. Jesus commands me to love him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as myself. This passage is a great guide for love and to follow what my Lord commands. I pray the world comes to know this meaning of love. I hope you all have a most beautiful and blessed Day of the Lord. Amen.