Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional is from my heart to you.
Our Imperfect Love
1 Corinthians 13:1-8aNew International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
Our world is a sin-filled environment. No wonder that our love is imperfect! We love when things are going right, when good things come our way. But if we suffer adversity, if we stumble, fall or get wronged—watch out. Our sin-nature rears its ugly head and our love becomes imperfect.
Jesus Himself said to love our enemies (a really tall order – see Matthew 5:43-44). The Apostle Paul laid out what the qualities of love are in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a. All very clear and concise, but we struggle with it because we struggle with our sin-nature. So what are we to do?
God has provided His Word—the Bible. The Bible tells us how much He loves us. He loves us enough to plan our redemption before He created the Universe. “And the great theme from one end of the Bible to the other is redemption” – Billy Graham. Think of it, the all powerful, eternal, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, loves us, even knowing all our sins, and we are saved by God’s unmerited grace if we accept Jesus as our Savior. We must continually work toward a closer relationship with Jesus. That is the key to unlocking the perfect love that God so desperately wants for us to share with one another, and with Him. The best way to develop that close relationship is to study the Bible. No one said life here on Earth would be easy, just that it would be worth the effort when we meet God in Heaven.