Hardly Hallmark

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Today we are going to reflect on one of the most popular passages in the Bible. If you’ve ever attended a wedding, you’ve heard today’s Scripture recited in some form or fashion. You’d expect to see the words of 1 Corinthians 13 inside a Hallmark card or on a poster with adorable kittens.

We tend to get lost in its flowery language. But, love isn’t all roses and daisies. Love is required in those moments when we find ourselves in the weeds dealing with a difficult person. Love is a challenge when someone is a thorn in our side.

If that “guy” (aka our difficult person) doesn’t act the way we want them to, we get irritated, frustrated, aggravated, and a host of other descriptions not to be mentioned in a devotional. During this moment, do you know what is needed? Quite simply, LOVE. Take a moment and reflect on the tenacity that is required to love others:

Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

When we are at our wit’s end with that individual, we get to love. When we are tempted to be jealous of this person, we get to love. When all they are doing is pushing our buttons, we get to love. When everything in us desires to dredge up the past, we get to love.

It’s easier said than done. Our ability to love others lies in our willingness to embrace Christ’s sacrificial love for us. We don’t have the strength to do it on our own. We must lean on Christ.

We tend to think we love when things go our way, but we get to love when they don’t. Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and endures. Love is defined by the way it finishes: love never fails.

Reflection

  • Where are you struggling to display love?
  • Where is love needed in your relationships with others?

Prayer

Lord, help me to love. Right now I need to recognize You love me to have any hope of loving those around me. Help me to realign my view of love with Your definition. I confess my shallow perspective of thinking that love is all about my ways and me when it is all about Yours! In Your name, Jesus. Amen.