“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)
First up on my reading list this year is a small book by Charles Price called Christ For Real. Pastor Price is the Senior Pastor of The Peoples Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and you can watch his sermons on Sunday mornings on DirecTV.
One of the chapters in his book is titled “Marks of the Holy Spirit” and in it, Price emphasizes the kind of love that we should exhibit if we truly have the Holy Spirit within us. Do we love only those who love us ? What’s our attitude toward those we normally don’t get along with all that well or have little in common with ? Or those in different age groups ? To test this, Price suggests we do the following with the above passage from 1 Corinthians:
It may be a challenging and humbling process, but read through these same verses some time and instead of “love”, read your own name. The extent of our embarrassment reveals how far we have to grow, as well as how honest we are.
OK, well I was pretty embarrassed after doing this. A good exercise though and definitely a passage of Scripture I will be adding to memory.