The More Excellent Way

Many of us claim to understand love, but we so often fail to demonstrate it.  When things get difficult, we abandon “the more excellent way” in order to protect our own self-interests.  Instead of dying to ourselves for the sake of others, we preserve our own comfort and desires.  The following list is daunting and difficult.  Yet, those who are in Christ have been called to a higher standard… the more excellent way.  Might we prayerfully examine our hearts to see what ways we are most in need of God’s grace to reflect such divine love.  While we were yet sinners, God demonstrated his own love toward us so that we too might demonstrate His love towards others.   Some people are difficult to love.  While others are easy to love, we often take them for granted.  We must be intentional about cultivating a heart and lifestyle of love.  While love often produces affections for others, it does not require them as a prerequisite.  We are called to love others even when they don’t deserve it, as well as when we don’t feel like it.  Divine love was a deliberate, predetermined love  expressed through the person and work of Jesus Christ.  It was not contingent upon our behavior or God’s emotion toward us.  Such determination ought to be characteristic of our love.  Let us choose the more excellent way as we consider how each description of love listed below is found in the person of Christ.

LOVE IS:

  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not Envious
  • Not Boastful
  • Not Arrogant
  • Not Rude
  • Not Selfish
  • Not Easily Angered
  • Not Resentful
  • Not Joyful Over Doing Wrong
  • Rejoices With the Truth
  • Bears All Things
  • Believes All Things
  • Hopes All Things
  • Endures All Things

1 Corinthians 13: Christ-like Love

God’s love for us never fluctuates.  It is grounded in the Cross of Christ, and once given it is never withdrawn.  It seeks our best interest despite the paradox of its call for us to “die to self” and put our faith in the more excellent Way, Jesus Christ.  The death of Christ seemed like the greatest tragedy, and yet the Father intended it for the greatest good.   Our death to self and the cultivation of love will result in the glory and grace of God  overflowing from our hearts into the lives of others.  May we ask God to fortify within our hearts such a deliberate, selfless, relentless, and redeeming love.  The beauty of love is found in the loss of self… for that is where the depth of divine love was most clearly demonstrated.

Blessings in Christ, Gabriel

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