Today’s message is a one-two blessing. The original work is by Joel Osteen, and it was shared by my friend Juanita Bryan, who is oftentimes touched by God’s loving light to add her wisdom to these messages. Isn’t God amazing? I normally don’t make it a habit of repeating scriptures in this blog. But this is one of my favorites and I love the prayer and reflection that came with today’s Word. Enjoy today’s scripture, prayer and reflection:
Characteristics of Love
“Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV
Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how long you’ve been a Christian, how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It’s measured by the love you allow to operate through you.
First Corinthians 13 tells us about the characteristics of love. One characteristic is that it is not rude. That means, when we are walking in love, we treat other people with courtesy and respect.
Are you courteous to other people? Are you kind to the person at the checkout counter that may be moving too slowly for you? Are you gentle when you are driving down the highway and someone cuts you off? Are you patient with your family and coworkers? These are all ways we show love.
Scripture also tells us that love is patient. It is kind. It does not envy; it is not proud. It is not rude. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails.
Notice that these characteristics don’t have anything to do with feelings. That’s because love is a choice. You can choose to walk in love toward people even when you don’t feel like it.
Today, make the choice to do what is right. Choose today to show kindness and be courteous to others. Look for ways to cultivate the greatest thing in your life — love! As you do, you’ll move forward into the life of blessing God has in store for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so that I can show love to others. Teach me to be patient and kind and treat others the way You always treat me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Copyright 2012. Joel Osteen.
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