I Corinthians 13
As my 3-year-old sometimes says - “Today I’m having a rough day!” J She’s hilarious. And it’s a good thing, because really – I’m a little off lately. And as a result I have had a few not-so-great-moments. You know those? After the dust settles you look around and wonder ‘What just happened?’
I tried to pray after my rough morning, but mostly all I could say was “I’m sorry, Lord, I just don’t even know what to say right now… I just don’t know what to say…” As the day went on, I finally found my thankfulness and at top of my list was my Faithful, Never-Changing God. After a morning like mine, I was so thankful for the kind of Love my Savior has for me.
It’s not wishy-washy and it’s not dependent on how nice I am. It’s not like my 3-year-old’s emotional whirlwinds –
Me: “No, honey, I’m sorry I told you we aren’t having candy right now.”
Daughter: “AHHH! You are the meanest mommy ever!”
Then 2 minutes later…
Daughter: “Mommy, mommy, look at what I found! It’s my new favorite book you got me yesterday! I’m so happy! You’re the best mommy ever…”
It’s not dependent on how good of a day He is having, it’s not about whether I’m a good listener or not, and it’s not about whether I’m speaking His love language. He just loves me. I can’t help but think about Paul’s description of love in Corinthians:
“Love is patient, love is kind…it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth… Love never fails…. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
I like what my study Bible notes for that last verse, verse 13: “…God is love (1Jn 4:8) and has communicated His love to us (I Jn 4:10) and commands us to love one another (Jn 13:34-35). Love supersedes the gifts because it outlasts them all. Long after these sought-after gifts are no longer necessary, love will still be the governing principle that controls all that God and his redeemed people are and do.”
As a Mom who loves her kids, and a wife who loves her husband... As a woman who loves her friends and a daughter who loves her family – all I can do is have Faith that my God will enable me to Love. I can Hope for a life that continues to learn how to Love. And I can try to live life motivated by Love. But above all these things, I’m thankful that my God’s love is consistent no matter what I do. Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you, Lord, for the things I can be sure of - Your faithfulness and your love. Forgive me for falling short of loving. Help me to remember that no matter what, you are here for me. Help me to teach this to my children.