January is all
about resolutions for some people…I’m not totally on that program. I see the
value…I just don’t think it has a place in my life, this year…who knows about
next year. For 2010, one of the things I really wanted to do was work on
loving people more and loving them better. It was exciting to learn our theme
for the year was going to be Harvest Loves: ____________. I can see growth in
this area of my life as I look back on 2010, but I’m going to spend 2011
focusing on this again.
I’ve been asking myself:
Who in my life is hard to love that I just really
need to allow Christ to love through me?
I’ve spent some
time working through 1 Corinthians 13 again and doing a self evaluation:
Who do I need to show more love to? Is it through
my words, my time, my money, or by serving them practically?
Who will the Lord put in front of me that I have a
split second to decide if and how I will love this person? How will I prepare
myself for this?
Do my words reflect a heart that loves God and the
people he has surrounded me with?
Does my response to people and situations
Am I a good representation of Christ’s love?
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
If I speak
in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a
clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all
mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if
I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
I don’t want
to be a noisy gong or clanging cymbal…I don’t want to be a nothing in God’s
eyes or gain nothing for his kingdom. I want to be used by him to impact people
for Christ, encourage them in their walks, offer hope through life in Christ…so
I need to make sure that I’m loving others more and better…
time, work and effort…it’s not always easy. But as a Christ-follower I don’t
really see that it’s possible for me to avoid working on this area of my
life. It is a little exciting to
wonder who the Lord will place in my life this year that he will love through
me…or who will love me with Christ’s love?