Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” In honor of Mother Teresa I would like to take a deeper look into love as it is talked about in the Bible.
Do you believe in true love? I say this as much for myself as for you, dear reader. I want to grow in my love for God, my loved ones, and even strangers that I may meet in the future. I believe that God is perfect love and that he can work through us so we may also demonstrate perfect love to others through Him in us. If you want to become more loving, and want to make it a goal, then you can join me starting today. I am going to reflect daily on the following excerpt from the Bible:
“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. . . Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]” (The Everyday Life Bible, 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8).
What does it mean to love but not be “self-seeking?” If love is not proud, then how can we be lovingly proud of our loved ones when they accomplish something? These are some questions that pop up in my mind.
I’m excited to see how I can grow in my love for God and others in the next couple of days. If you need inspiration/motivation here are some cool quotes to consider.They are centered around the belief that love comes from God and only those who walk in love can know God for God is love. The two cannot be separated.