Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Written by: Kyle Stanforth
Football season is upon us, and I just love to watch football. I used to love to play it. That neighbor kid, Billy, I just love him. I love bacon!
We throw the word “love” around a lot. We must be a loving society, right? Many times, we confuse “love” with “enjoy.” We certainly are a people who want to enjoy themselves, but love one another? One of the ways the Bible explains love is in our scripture for today. It tells us to honor one another and be devoted in love.
Devotion and honor are decisions that require action. Namely, putting yourself second. Jesus modeled this the night before His crucifixion, when He said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
Jesus put God, and quite frankly you and me, above Himself. From this verse, it is obvious Jesus didn’t feel like getting crucified.
There is an old Tina Turner song titled, “What’s love got to do with it?” It says, “it’s just a secondhand emotion.” If love is just an emotion or a feeling, what’s love got to do with it? But we know Biblical love is different. It’s putting ourselves second, while serving and loving each other as we put Jesus first.
Thought of the day: Are there relationships you are in where you only participate for enjoyment instead of loving them?
Prayer: Our Father and God, thank You for Your grace. Help me to be like You and be more gracious in my relationships. Please help me identify relationships where I am simply enjoying the person instead of loving them. We pray this in the name of our Savior, Jesus. Amen.