“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing” 1 Corinthians 13:2, KJV.
When my husband and I were married, I thought I came to the marriage a spiritual giant that could teach him loads on how to win spiritual battles in prayer, how to prophesy, how to quote scriptures and how to storm the gates of heaven and get God to move. I was so impressed with myself and my “spiritual growth” until I kept coming across situations where I had to love people. I kept facing situations where I needed to be patient…and tactful…and believe the best…and all of those things that are not fun. I would fail the love tests every time. All of my faith and all that knowledge didn’t mean much because I didn’t know how to love properly. God had to help me see where I really was spiritually and help me get to where I needed to be. Over a long period of time, and little by little, He began the process of planting His seed of love in my heart and causing it to grow. He began to teach me how to lay down my life for someone else, how to not give up on people, how to accept others for who they are and how to love them through it. I thank God for what He’s shown me so far.
It doesn’t matter how much you can pray and war in the spirit if you don’t know how to love people. It doesn’t matter how many Bible verses you can quote verbatim if you don’t know how to treat people. A sign of spiritual maturity is in your ability to love.
Love is like a muscle. You have to work it in order for it to grow stronger. The stronger your love muscle is, the stronger you’ll be in life. You won’t become stronger by running from problems. You only get stronger by dealing with things head on and dying to yourself so God can rise in you.
Challenge: Take a closer look at 1 Corinthians 13 and see how well you measure up to God’s standard of love.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking directly to my heart. I need you to teach me how to love. I haven’t been doing a good job at it. Plant your seed of love in my heart and cause it to grow and produce visible fruit in my life. I want to grow spiritually, and learn your ways of doing things. Help me to be more like you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.