How to Love [1 Corinthians 13:1 Daily Devotional]
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.“
This verse is right before the famous “love is patient…” verse. This is the one that frames the context of the later verses in 1 Corinthians 13. This helps explain why we should before describing what it is. We discover how to love throughout all of the Bible, but there’s no real explanation here. What we learn from this verse, though, is that loving someone is more important than eloquent speech or spiritual language.
From 1 Corinthians 13:1, we understand that love is important, so, then, how do we do it? Taking themes throughout all the Bible, the best way to love someone is to serve them. Meet the practical needs of your friends, family, neighbors, and strangers. This includes people you don’t like, who you might consider your enemies. Serving someone can be as simple as praying for them or bringing them flowers in the hospital, or it can be as involved as helping them get to their AA meetings on their road to recovery.
Father, thank you for love. Give me the courage to serve my neighbors, friends, family and help them in their time of need. Help me to serve strangers and people who either don’t like me or I don’t like them. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.