I believe that one of the most often quoted Scriptures is the “Love is…” passage from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. We see it posted and re-posted on our social networking pages. We often hear it said or see it written at marriage ceremonies. It was said at mine. We see it framed on the walls of homes, because it truly is a wonderful passage.
But, I often wonder how often people really read this. How many read it and think, “I love that. It’s such a pretty message” and then just move right along without another thought. I’ll admit, I used to read it that way, because it really is a beautiful passage about love.
That said, it’s also a very powerful message; it’s what unconditional love looks like and how we should love one another. Since we are to follow the example of Christ Jesus, we need to practice these things.
Years ago, I learned to read it like this…place your own name where “Love” is written. That is, read each sentence with your name in front.
Wow, huh? Now, whenever I see this passage, it makes me stop and really read and feel these words. It makes me think about my life and how I express love to others. And while I often fall short of these lists of love, it gives me a guide – a direction – to follow in how I live my life each day.
And just thinking out loud here…but it might even be a good passage to print – or write in my own handwriting – and put on the fridge or mirror, so that when I read it each morning it will serve to focus in on my heart, before I step out the door and face the obstacles and conflicts of life. It would set my heart and mind on the blessings that I sometimes miss when I’m looking the wrong way.
What a great way to make God’s Word, which is living and breathing, more intimate and personal as we live this incredible journey with Him.