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!
Posted on Tue, January 28, 2014
by Shawnna Casazza filed under