Am I Still Excited about Love?
Am I still excited about the Gospel?
7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.
–John 1:7 NLT
Do I tell about Jesus: not only with my words, but with my life? Where can others see His reflection: in my conversation, study, reflection, plans? Does He reflect in my life at all: where I go, the company I keep, the places/things I enjoy? I’m just doing introspection: where can Jesus “show up” more in my life? Yes, the Gospel must be preached (Romans 10:14-15), but it must also be lived.
35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
–John 13:35 NLT
4 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.
5 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].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 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].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
–1 Corinthians 13:4-8 AMPC
If we miss this, then we’ve missed everything.
13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
–1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT