Becoming More Christ-Like

Becoming More Christ-Like

I have been receiving the message of “love” from many different places lately.  Among other methods, I have repeatedly encountered references to 1 Corinthians 13, often called The Love Chapter.  Hearing the same thing from many different sources is usually a sign that the Holy Spirit is trying to tell me something. 

As I write this, we’ve just begun a new year.  That always starts me thinking about changes I want to make in my life.  One change I’d love to see is to become more Christ-like in my words and actions - obviously a very challenging goal.  I’ve considered the many facets of how this might look in real life.  The startling revelation came when I realized it all boils down to one thing: love.  There’s that love message coming at me again!

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.   – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)

I see now that if I have love for other people I will naturally be more patient and kind with them.  If I love to please the Lord more than pleasing myself, then my life more closely align with His will.  If I love God with all my heart, then my prayer time will reflect the depth of that love through intensity in which I seek Him. 

Wow, this is starting to make a more typical New Year’s goal of, “Lose 10 pounds and run a marathon” look easy!  Rather than become discouraged, I must remind myself that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  I trust that He will be glad to help me on a journey like this.  This is an intimidating goal, but I serve a big God!