One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother has several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white." The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?" I always wondered why Mom was gray at such a young age. Surprise, surprise!
I Corinthians 13:4: “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,...” My word is “love,” and it feels like I’ve been bombarded by the Lord with this word. The past few days, I’ve been convicted about the humility of love. Real love is putting someone before yourself, putting their needs and their best before your own. Real love is selfless and that requires humility. In this passage of the Love Chapter, vs. 4 tells us that love is patient, that is we’re willing to put ourselves to the side while we focus on someone else. This could mean putting aside our agenda, our plans, our schedule, even our dreams, or maybe just our place in line at the bank. Love is kind and not jealous, that is, love wants the best for others and is happy when they receive the best, not jealous.
“Love does not brag and is not arrogant.” Love does not boast because it does not feel the need to impress others and make them feel inferior about themselves. If you love someone, you’ll be sensitive to their situation, their needs and wants, especially if you don’t have those same needs or wants. Love isn’t envious, but neither is it so self-concerned that it is insensitive to what we have that the other person lacks. Love is not jealous because it is happy for someone to have what they have because real love wants the best for the other person. Love is the cure for jealousy!
“Love is not puffed up.” Love is not proud, it doesn’t think it’s better than someone else, just different. Love is not “holier than thou!” Love is not inflated with its own importance but is focused on the other person. Love is a beautiful thing.