Love - A Measuring Stick for Our Hearts
I Cor. 13 tells us what Christs love looks like.
"What if I speak in the most elegant of languages of people or in the exotic languages of the heavenly messengers, but live without love? Well, then anything I say is like the clanging of brass or a crashing cymbal. What if I have the gift of prophecy, am blessed with knowledge and insight to all the mysteries, or what if my faith is strong enough to scoop a mountain from its bedrock, yet I live without love? If so, I am nothing. I could give all that I have to feed the poor, I could surrender my body to be burned as a martyr, but if I do not live in love, I gain nothing by my selfless acts.
· Isn't envious
· Doesn't boast, brag, or strut about
There's no arrogance on love; it's never rude, crude, or indecent - it's not self-absorbed. Love isn't easily upset. Love doesn't tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth-yes truth-is love's delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes and endures no matter what.
"Wow! What a great measuring stick for our hearts. Everywhere we see we are not walking in this way (in love) we can ask the question, “what is holding me back?”
Christ speaks as if it is possible to live in this way: (John 15).