Does Your Name Fit In 1 Corinthians 13?
Some verses of Scripture will stick with you your entire life. There's a memory or a moment in time that is intrinsically tied to those Bible passages that keep them on your heart forever.
I remember studying 1 Corinthians 13 - what my teens call the Looooove Chapter - many years ago. The suggestion was to place your sweetheart's name in place of the word "love" to see if they were living out God's love in their own lives. Without that godly love in their heart, you needed to think long and hard about whether they would make a good life partner.
When I saw this wall art featuring 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, I had to get it and put it somewhere I'd see it every day. And it immediately clicked in my brain about replacing the word "love" with my own name. I'm not so concerned about how other people love me. I want to make sure that I'm not only loving right but that godly love is a part of my character and who I am. If I put my name into this passage, is it true?
suffereth long, and is kind, envieth not, vaunteth not herself, is not puffed up,
doth not behave herself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil,
rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth,
beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Some days I feel that two or three of these might be true, but there is still other days when I feel like I've got a long way to go. I will never live with the perfect love written about by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, but these truths of what real love should look like and feel like are great motivation for us to grow in our faith.
My prayer this week is that each of us will put our names in these verses and ask the Lord for His help in living out His love to affect other people's lives. How does your name fit in those verses today?