Sticking With You: Part 2

So what is this “love” that Christ desires us to apply?  What does it look like?  How can we implement it in our own lives?

God paints a very clear picture of this love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Often this passage is quoted in the context of marriage and romantic love, but it most certainly applies to other relationships as well.  This “perfect bond of unity” has these qualities:

Patient

Kind NOT jealous

Doesn’t brag and is NOT arrogant

NOT unbecoming

NOT seeking its own

NOT provoked

NOT keeping a list of wrongs

NOT rejoicing in unrighteousness

Rejoicing with the truth

Bears all

Believes all

Hopes all

Endures all

Doesn’t fail 

That’s how we are supposed to respond.  We don’t give up, we press on. 

The Greek word for this continuing care is “agape” [ah-gah-pay].  This is the love that leaves others in awe, because it is so foreign to them.  Our world is starving for true love.  Not sexualized Hollywood love, not fluffy Disney love, but the awe-inspiring, always-abiding love of Christ.  Think about that phrase: “love of Christ.”

Whose love?

Christ’s love!

Doesn’t that make this whole game of tennis a lot easier?

This love does not come from us, but from Christ.  He is the one who constantly refills our bucket with new tennis balls. That way, we can keep serving, even if the other player is a gerbil.  Don’t give up.

Don’t get angry.

Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with agape love–love that will keep you sticking with your friends, your family, your co-workers, even when they are hard to love. 

After all, this love is not bound by our human ideas of “two-sided” relationships.

The King of the Universe was willing to die for you before you even reciprocated any of His actions.  And He continues to pour His grace upon you, even when you do not respond with gratitude that matches that grace.

Surely we can do the same with the people in our lives.  Pick up that racquet—it’s tennis time! 

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Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 9:18 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Nice! Thanks for the thoughts. …. Looks like some Jesus Talk ideas, eh? 🙂 See ya next Tuesday, if not before. :):):)

  2. This is like praying for patience. Now you’re going to be really tested. 🙂
    Seriously, it is very well written post and convicting.


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