1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
God's kind of love demands everything from Him, not from us. His kind of love is more concerned about giving than about receiving. God's love is a self-giving love that is more about sacrificing for us than it is about us sacrificing for Him.
This kind of love is a foreign concept for the worlds understanding of love. God's love is an exercise of His will, making a choice more than it is about feelings. It is God's kind of love that puts our needs before His own. Godly love is the only love that is not driven by pride or ego.
It is impossible for any of us to truly love our fellow man this way for long, in our own strength. It is only through the Holy Spirit in us, as we yield our will and our way, our understanding from the world view of love and true giving, that we can accept and receive God's perfect love, His best for us.
When we can recognize how our God loves us, individually, we are growing in our awareness of the new mercies and grace given to us each day. This is when the focus in our heart becomes increasingly less centered on self. We are progressively seeking how we can honor our God, having true reverence and awe for who He is, not what He can do for us.
May our eyes be opened to recognize this perfect love that our God gives each of us, completely and without hesitation. May we all begin to look for what we can do for others instead of what they can do for us. Father God, help us to become the beacon of your light that shows the way out of the darkness in the world around us. Amen