1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “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.”
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“It is impossible for people who’ve truly been reduced to love to be selfish.” (Joyce Meyer).
I recently read this in one of Joyce Meyer’s articles. It made me think of a recipe I had recently seen that called for a “reduction sauce”. The instruction for the sauce were as follows:
Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and cook over medium low heat until the vinegar has reduced to at least half of the original amount (about 30 minutes for 2 cups of vinegar to reduce to 1 cup). For a concentrated but still liquid balsamic sauce you can cook it until it reduces by half.
So today, as we get ready to celebrate Valentines Day, let’s look at what it would mean if we truly become reduced to love.
According to our verse for today:
Love is patient * Love is kind * Love does not envy * Love does not boast * Love is not proud * Love does not dishonor others * Love is not self-seeking * Love is not easily angered * Love keeps not record of wrongs
So, if we are going to reduce ourselves to love, we must cook out the stuff that love is not until what we have left is a savory sauce of love.
The Apostle Paul is basically saying:
– Think of others before yourself
– Forgive others as God has forgiven you
– Always stay humble and kind
Once we’ve been reduced down to love, we will have a sweet, savory sauce that will help us stay humble and kind, be able to forgive easily and put others needs before our own. Oh, how lovely a life that will be!
Heavenly Father, Thank you for your unfailing love! Thank you that your love is patient, help us to be patient with others. Thank you that your love is kind, help us to extend kindness to everybody. Thank you that your love does not envy, help us not to compare ourselves to others. Thank you that your love does not boast, help us to walk in humility and grace. Thank you that your love does not anger easily, help us to remain calm. Thank you that your love does not keep a record of wrongs, help us to forgive quickly and completely. Lord help us to love as you have. Amen
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Starting on Valentines Day We will start a series on the book of Song of Songs!