1 Corinthians 13:5-7 NIV 2011
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.
Paul cautioned the church in Corinth regarding their love. Love reflected goodness in their hearts. In chapter eleven, he was calling the church to account regarding their behavior in worship. He made reference to that behavior reminding them not to be “self-seeking.” Checking their heart attitude at every turn would lead them to God’s truth. As followers of Christ, each was to find His goodness in their heart, as they loved each other. God’s perfect love reflects His desire for goodness in Believers.
By taking a closer look at “the Love Chapter” in First Corinthians, it consistently helps me refocus on God’s abundant love for each of us. Nothing I am able to do today or tomorrow will help me to earn His love. He offers His love freely to all who choose to follow Christ. He loved the world so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for all who repent and choose to believe in Christ. Every good and perfect gift we receive comes from God alone. Loving Him because He first loved me helps me continue His journey toward goodness.
Where do we daily see God’s goodness toward us?
Moving together toward goodness reflecting His love,