THE 23rd OF SEPTEMBER
HOW “AGAPE” LOVE IS?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4
True godly love is long-suffering and kind. We need to receive God’s love for us to be able to give it to others. We endure the faults of those whom we love much easier than of ones we care for less, and we can even respond with kindness to their bad actions. We make excuses for them, and we may even keep our composure while their behavior would normally get us angry or upset. God endures so much from each of us, every day, because He loves us, and we are called to do the same for our fellow man.
The following attributes of love are mentioned as the opposites of negative behavior. Envy and jealousy are rooted in selfishness. But love makes us rejoice in the success of our loved ones. Pride and boasting bring division and cause much hurt. All prideful talking and attitude, lifts self and puts others down, while love exalts others and humbles self.
Heavenly Father, help me understand how much You love me and to receive Your perfect unconditional love. I cannot love others as You want me to, without having Your love in me. Lord, please help me allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to transform me and become real in my life so that I may love You and others as You want me to. Also, please help me not to be envious or prideful, but full of patience and kindness. In the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen