Love puts others first. Love puts myself last.
Do I love this way?
When Little Brother wants to play a game, and I selflessly agree to play, am I really being selfless if I’m the one who picks the game? Am I really being loving if I refuse to play a “little kid game” in favor of one that I will be more likely to enjoy?
If I were truly being selfless and loving, I would let him pick, wouldn’t I?
Could it be that all this time I’ve been fooling myself? That when I thought I was showing love, it was really a selfish love?
Is there even such a thing as selfish love?
Lord, help me to be truly selfless, truly loving – just as You are.
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. A lot of people have the topic of ‘love’ on their minds right now, whatever (or whomever) that means to them. At church we’ve been listening to a series of sermons based off of the famous “Love Passage” from 1 Corinthians 13:
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
(1 Cor. 13:4-8a, NKJV).
If there is one topic from Scripture that convicts me the most, it is probably the topic of “love.” Can any of us read this 1 Corinthians passage and walk away actually feeling good about ourselves? It’s probably one of the most humbling chapters, because it seems that no matter how far I progress in my love for the LORD, I still come away realizing that my love is still far from being what it should be. Continue reading