Lord, thank You for showing us what it means to love perfectly.
Through Your life, death and resurrection,
You gave us everything we will ever need to live as children of the Light,
including Your Spirit.
We can’t always control what happens to us,
but by Your grace, we can control how we respond.
I want to grow in my capacity to love others as You did, Lord.
Whatever challenges life throws at me,
give me the courage to respond in a way that glorifies
Your presence within and all around me.
Strengthen me to make choices that reflect the perfection
of Your life-giving love, even when I’m under pressure.
Fill me with patience, humility, kindness,
forgiveness or whatever Divine attribute
most powerfully expresses Your Love in the moment.
Bless me with the inner peace
and discernment to know the right response,
so I can do Your work in the world –
casting out darkness,
with the Light of Your Infinite Love.
In Jesus name,
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.