Welcome Word on Wednesday! What does [tweet_dis]1 Corinthians 13:4-6 “with a twist” mean?[/tweet_dis] Let’s read it today with a little different perspective.
Do you typically read the featured scripture in 1 Corinthians 13 considering how you might love others? Today, I would like you to read it again with the perspective of loving yourself.
Loving yourself is not selfish. Loving yourself is quite different than arrogance or narcissism. God’s design of “self love” is gracious, humbling and very powerful.
Have you ever given thought to the fact that you cannot give away what you do not possess? Matthew 22:37-39 says “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Self-love is crucial in order for us to love others.
Let’s read 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 one more time, this time consider the description of love and apply it to how you treat yourself.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (NIV)
Are you patient with yourself? Kind to yourself? Listen to your “self talk”, the things you say to yourself in your thoughts. Are you harsh and critical? Or do you show yourself patience and kindness? Have you ever applied this scripture about love to yourself before? If so, how has it helped you?