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. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (MSG)
Never Give Up
I won’t do that. That will not be true of me. What won’t you do? What will not be true of you? I will never give up on loving others with your love. I won’t quit. I will keep on loving others just as you have loved me. You have set before me powerful examples of how to love others deeply from my heart. What will my love look like as it flows in and through you to others? Your love flowing through me will be persistent and consistent and unwavering. Your love flowing through me will be humble and sacrificial. As I love others with your love, life will not revolve around me. I will not have a prideful, self-serving, attitude that continually seeks what I want and desire. Your love will help me to see and bring out the best in other people. As I love others with your love, I will not keep score, fly off the handle, get angry or even when I have been hurt or harmed by others. I will continually remember that you even loved your enemies. Your love will help me to put up with any and every difficultly that comes my way. I will always trust you. I will continually rely on your help. I will keep on moving forward with you, never looking back, so that I will never give up on loving others. That will be very good. You will live a life that pleases me. As you never give up on loving others, I will powerfully use you. My hand will be on you. My favor will be with you. I will powerfully use your life. You will shine brightly for me in the darkness of this world. Others will come to know and love and follow and serve me because they will have seen my love flowing through you. You will live a live that bears fruit for my kingdom and brings glory to my name. That is my hope. That is my dream. That is the desire that you have placed within me. And I will fulfill these desires that you have in your heart. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, help me to never give up loving others with your love. Keep me from having a “me first” attitude. Use me to see and bring out the best in others. Help me to never keep score or fly off the handle when others hurt me. Love others in and through my life. Amen
Key Question… How are you relying on the Lord to help you to never give up on loving others with His love?
Living It Out… Allow the Lord to use you to love others with His love.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to love others with His love.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has used to love others with His love.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you never give up loving others.
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