Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Love is... not self-seeking

1 Cor. 13:5 “it is not self-seeking”

This April has been an eventful one. At the beginning of the month my husband and I packed up our belongings and moved across the country. I love our new little place, and have been enjoying setting up house once again. At the same time, it’s been tough without friends or family close by. My husband truly is my only friend within a hundred miles. I’m depending on him like never before to fill all of the relationship gaps in my life. In 1 Corinthian 13:5, Paul tells us that love is not “self-seeking,” but I have to admit that that is exactly how I am from time to time. When my husband gets home from work at the end of the day, I want him to listen to me and get things done around the house. I want him to do the things “I” want him to do. I’m not necessarily putting his needs before my own. But putting his needs first is exactly what unselfish love looks like. As Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
This is what love is.

Prayer: Lord, help me to love unselfishly today. Reveal areas of my life that need changing, so that I can love those in my life whole-heartedly.

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