Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 17, 2020

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Corinthians 13:1-7.

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge;  and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;  love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;  it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  1 Corinthians 13:1-7.

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Love is often thought to be a temporary, one-time “showy” gesture like something done on Valentine’s Day.

But, today’s Scripture defines love as “bears all things” and “endures all things” that takes a lifetime to prove.

Today’s Scripture also defines love as more quiet and reserved:  “love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;  it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth”.

Therefore, although there are many examples of love, I am going to give one example of love that is not often thought of an example of love, even though it is a very common and very important example of love that exhibits all these qualities of love.

Love is being good at your job, patiently and kindly serving your customers.

Love is being good at your job, not being jealous of your supervisor who got the promotion that you deserved.

Love is being good at your job without bragging, without being arrogant, and without otherwise acting unbecomingly.

Love is being good at your job looking out for the interests of your customers, not seeking your own interests on the job.

Love is being good at your job, finishing serving your customers when such service takes longer than expected and cuts into your time off.

Love is being good at your job, not being provoked by your customers, nor taking into account a wrong suffered, when they are demanding and selfish.

Love is being good at your job, not cutting corners, but rather continually learning how to do a better job, thereby not rejoicing in unrightneousness, but rather, rejoicing with the truth.

Love is being good at your job, whatever your job may be at work or at home, by bearing all things that the job requires, hoping and believing that God will bless you in your work, and enduring all things that come your way on the job.

But, there is hope!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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