In this last full week before Christmas we turn to the promise of love.
It is no coincidence that ‘love’ in some form or another is at the center of most of our core values: love for spouse or significant other, love for parents, siblings, children, friends, community, nation, and world figure centrally in our lives and the meaning and purpose of our lives.
Often, however, it is easy to take the people we love for granted. Often it is easy to take for granted the love we have been shown by others. Often, we may ‘forget’ to show others how much we love them.
If we don’t do anything else this Christmas season… let’s remember to love fully and intentionally. To help us along with this we will be looking at the great ‘Love Chapter’ in 1 Corinthians 13. Most of us have probably heard this chapter recited at a wedding… but it has far greater application. Paul wrote it to the church at Corinth to remind them that ‘love’ is the greatest of the ‘big three’ in Christianity: faith, hope, and love.
Today we remember and learn: “Love is patient, love is kind” (v.4)
Patience and kindness are probably the two things we lose the quickest when stressing and rushing starts (like it often does especially during the holiday season). Notice for a moment how we act in traffic, at the mall, at home with our family when there are a million things to do. Usually, it’s not pretty.
For ‘love’ to remain a powerful force in our lives we cannot let patience and kindness slip. Let’s give these great gifts to ourselves and everyone we meet this season and throughout the year.