‘Love looks like . . . ‘– We are in the middle of the ‘Love’ month, but to look around us and to watch the news, there seems to be a shortage on love – real, unconditional love – the kind of love explained by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 – which we often call the love chapter of the Bible. Yes, we do the cards, the flowers, the candy, and even say ‘I love You!’ – but love isn’t something that is expressed one day out of the year – it isn’t something that we put on the calendar – real love can only be expressed and demonstrated out of a heart that loves God and overflows with His Spirit living within us.
When Paul begins to share what real love looks like in 1 Corinthians 13, he tells us in verses 1-3 what ‘empty’ love looks like and the effect it has on others – ‘If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing’. As you read these words, ask God to speak through them as to whether your words and actions of ‘love’ to others are expressed from a heart that loves God or are they just a lot of noise and mean nothing.
We sometimes sing the song ‘They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love’ written in 1960 by Peter Scholtes. The title was inspired by a phrase that non-believers used to describe Christ believers in the early church – ‘Behold, how they love one another!’. Our world needs to see us as believers in Christ demonstrating real love to each other so they will see what real love looks like and want that kind of love – a love that is unexplainable yet is available to everyone through Jesus.
My Prayer for you this week: ‘Father, thank you for your demonstration of real love as You gave Your Son, Jesus, to a lost, sinful world, that through Him and His payment for our sins we might know You and have the blessed hope of living forever with You. Help us to demonstrate Your love to others as we live out Your love in our daily lives among those who are hurting and don’t know what real love is. We pray that non-believers will say of us ‘Behold, how they love one another – and us!’ In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Let’s continue joining together in our concert of prayer as we intercede for our friends and workers in Israel and surrounding countries. For more information on how you can partner with us in praying for Israel, go to www.oneinprayer.net, click on the tab ‘Prayer Requests’ and scroll down to select ‘Pray for Israel’.
Mary Laughman, Georgia WMU Prayer Coordinator
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