Sunday, February 16, 2014


“No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.  Love never gives up.  Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. 
Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always ‘me first,’ doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies....

We don’t yet see things clearly.  We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.  But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!  We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:  TRUST steadily in God, HOPE unswervingly, LOVE extravagantly.  And the best of the three is LOVE.”
            [--1 Corinthians 13:3b-8a,12-13, from THE MESSAGE]

As we conclude our series on developing healthy intimate relationships (marriages, friendships, family relationships, etc.), the Bible tells us that the principle and practice of unselfish, self-giving love should guide all we say and do.  So, my prayer for both myself and for you is that not only would we experience this kind of love from God in our own lives, but that we would share it with and show it to others that we love, as well!  Always remember that God loves you and I do, too!

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