There is nothing so wonderful as the love of God working through us to touch others.  What a difference we can make in a person’s life just by being obedient to the Love commandment.  When we make it a practice to meditate on the character of Love, we will find that Love flows through us more freely.  We will also be more apt to act on this love that is yearning to bless others.  Love is that thing that makes us seek to bless others from the heart (not because we feel obligated, or are trying to manipulate that person through our actions, or are trying to make ourselves look good to others). It’s that thing that makes us give our best even when others would tell us not to bother because that person certainly does not deserve our efforts.  Love is that thing that reminds us that person is worth it- that every person is worth it.  Love is that thing that urges us to forgive-  others and even ourselves.  Love is that thing that enables us to forgive.  Love is the essential element of Life.  It is the most powerful and wonderful force in existence… and it’s up to us whether we will develop it in our lives and let it work through us- changing us all the while or whether we will put it on the shelf and just take it down three or maybe 4 times a year and try to let it work a little before we put it back in its place on that dusty shelf…

What a difference we could make in the year 2008 if we would only meditate on the character of Love and allow Love to have its way in our lives. 

1Corinthians 13 is often referred to as the Love Chapter…it reveals the character and traits of Love:

Love endures long and is patient and kind

Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy

Love is not boastful or vainglorious

Love does not display itself haughtily

Love is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride)

Love is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.

Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking;

Love takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]

Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes,

Love is ever ready to believe the best of every person

Love’s hopes are fadeless under all circumstances

Love endures everything [without weakening]

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]

Now, take a moment and place your name in every instance of the word Love listed above.  What kind of year do you think you would have if you were patient and kind…never envious or boiling over with jealousy…never boastful or vainglorious…never displaying yourself haughtily…never conceited…never rude or acting unbecomingly…never insisting on your own rights or way…paying no attention to a suffered wrong…never rejoicing at injustice and unrighteousness but always rejoicing when right and truth prevailed…bearing up under anything and everything that comes…ever ready to believe the best of every person…your hopes being fadeless under all circumstances…you enduring everything without weakening…you never fading out or becoming obsolete?  Now, what kind of year would you have?  What kind of year will you have?  This day and every day, the choice is up to you.