I don’t remember what prompted me to think about it…but I was driving one day with my littles chattering in the back of the car, and I started to think about love. You know, the 1 Corinthians chapter 13 kind of love. And as my brain stumbled through trying to remember what the scripture actually said, I had a thought. What if I studied the chapter for the next several weeks? When I hopped on here with the intent to write a post about it, I noticed the verse of the day in my sidebar was this: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” –John 13:34 Maybe not a coincidence…
There’s so much in this world right now that mimics love, so many things that pull at our hearts, so many blog posts and articles and voices shouting above one another, trying to gain ground in the quest to convince us of what really matters. Its enough to make us spectators weary. Where is the love? Sharing a slightly controversial (or very controversial) article as a subtle jab is not love.
One of my goals for 2016 is to let the Word be my first stop in my quest for truth. Rather than letting articles and posts formulate my opinions for me, I want to be intentional and gospel minded when approaching the world. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all let the Word be the filter that sifted out sin and wrong and what was left was eyes fixed on Jesus? My heart’s desire is to learn what true love is so that I can make it practice in my life. Because I will admit, I can be unloving. I can be selfish. I can desire my own way. And when those things become the first in my life, well, lets just say things don’t go very well. Anyone understand?
You know, here at Grace Filled Life the goal is to go through studies and scripture together. My dream is to create a space where you find inspiration about the Word of God. A place where you might come to get insight into scripture, a place you might visit in the early bird-chirping morning to start your day off in the Word, a place where we can study together. Over the next several weeks, I will be studying 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, not verse by verse, but trait by trait. I will be exploring what each part means and what it means for us to apply it.
Interested? Sign up for the newsletter in the sidebar and you’ll get an email when I post about it. 🙂 Happy New Year, friends! Let’s start it with the greatest of these: love.