“Always Remember…..With Love”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
We all have experienced more than we ever thought we would have in the past several months. Many of us still shake our heads thinking, “Is this really still happening?” We’ve all had so many changes happen in our lives and, at times, we are still trying to make sense of this new “normal” as so many have come to call it. This year has been unlike any year for everyone. Sometimes, we can go through experiences in life and feel like we’re all alone because we think no one else has gone through what we are dealing with. Well…..not now! We are all experiencing many of the same feelings and emotions.
As many of us have been dealing with different experiences, it can be very challenging to show love to one another, especially when we get on each other’s nerves. Just the fact that we are all dealing with constant changes can alone bring much irritation, especially if we are a person who doesn’t deal well with change. Everyone is different for sure and that’s okay. It’s in times especially like these that we need to be challenged to love people more as God calls us to do.
Think about what is really showing love to those around you? It isn’t just saying that you love the people around you, but most importantly showing them love. Paul makes it clear that we can do all the great “acts of service” we want to in life and look really good doing them, but if we don’t have love, it’s absolutely meaningless and we’ve wasted our time. Ouch! That’s a tough one to swallow!
I would like to encourage us all to make the extra effort to show God’s love sincerely to those around us each day. Whether it’s people who are easy to love or who are difficult to love. And, remember that YOU are difficult to love sometimes as well. Ouch! Another tough one to swallow! Let us always remember that we need to do and say things……with love.
Lord, help us to truly show love to others each day of our lives. Help us to not only say we love others, but to really show it. We need to love more than ever before. Help us to love sincerely and even when it’s hard to do so. You loved us enough to die on the Cross for us, regardless of how people treated You. Help us also to love others, regardless of how we are treated, even though it is often hard. Help us love others each day, especially as we continue to navigate these uncertain days ahead. Help us love with Your love. Amen!