The greatest......is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Praying 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Heavenly Father, today remind me from Your Word about the most excellent way of love.
If I gurgle and coo and engage my baby in unintelligible conversation but don't love this precious child, then I am only a silly, baby-doting woman (v. 1).
If I know everything about child raising and am looked up to as an "expert" but don't parent with love, then all my knowledge is good for nothing (v. 2).
If I made all kinds of sacrifices for my child but do so out of selfish motives rather than out of God-directed love, then I will gain nothing (v. 3).
Love is patient with babies who won't burp, and it is kind to babies who accidentally bite at breasts. It doesn't envy Mrs. Smith's baby or take too much pride in my baby's attempts to walk at nine months (v. 4).
Love doesn't ignore my baby's cries for help, isn't angered by lost binkies, and doesn't keep track of silk blouses destroyed by spit-up (v. 5). It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres- even through the toughest days and nights (v. 7).
Where there are experts, they will change their opinions; where there are many words, they will run out; where there is certainty, it will rise to doubts. But love...love never fails (v. 8)!
Thank you, Lord of love. Teach me this most excellent way.
I pray in Your name. Amen.
The above was taken entirely from this wonderful book that my
Mother gave me first my first mother's day:
I hope you were encouraged by this beautiful adaptation of the Book of Love. I know I was!
Have a delightful Monday!