An excerpt in Crazy Love by Francis Chan (pg 94). It spoke to my heart, convicted me and wanted to share…..a little exercise. enjoy
“According to God we are here to love but the word love is so overused and word out. What does God mean by love? He tells us:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…..faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
But even those words have grown tired and overly familiar, haven’t they? Take the phrase Love is patient and substitute your name for the word. (for me, Francis is patient….) Do it for every phrase in the passage.
By the end, don’t you feel like a liar? If I am meant to represent what love is, then I often fail to love people well. Following Christ isn’t something that can be done half-heartedly or on the side, It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.”
Father, thank you for first loving me. Thank you for showing me what love is. Its not a feeling like how our society portrays it, its an action. Father, sometimes I am so opposite of what your word says. I need help father to love like this. I want to love like you. I want to be patient, hopeful, always trusting, always believing the best in people, not keeping record of wrong doings. Help me to love the people that just get on my last nerve, the people that don’t look like me, act like me, smell like me, I can’t do it without you. Search my anxious heart Lord, show me my sin and lead me to everlasting life. In Jesus name, Amen.