1 Corinthians 13:5-8a NIV 2011
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Paul’s letter gave the Corinthians the key to serving; love. He began by stating he could have everything but without love, he was nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2, “…but do not have love, I am nothing.” Doing everything with love would be the linchpin to their ministry. 1 Corinthians 10:24, “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” Godly love is selfless. It is the love a mother has for her child: protective and forever. 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain, faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Believers are called to love others.
This is a central tenant for me. I love Philippians 2:4, “Not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others.” As a mom that’s been easy to do. I’m still working on those that just don’t live up to my personal standards. God has a sense of humor as they cross my path daily. Loving others is the key to conflict resolution and keeps me from continually looking out for my own best interest. God loves me. I’m called to love others.
How do you respect the views/actions of others?