Join us as we focus each day for nine weeks on a different part of 1 Corinthians 13.
Monday: Love is patient, love is kind.
Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
Listen: 1 Corinthians 13
The Apostle Paul and his team complete their journey through Greece and arrive in Corinth. Paul labors for 18 months in this strategic trade center to establish a healthy Jesus-community. After leaving Corinth, he receives disturbing news that this church is having difficulty getting along. This newly-formed church is not heading in the right direction.
Paul writes a strong letter (1 Corinthians) to correct their spirit of arrogance and self-superiority. He reminds these early believers that their Savior is all about love, humility, sacrifice and servanthood. In fact, in Chapter 13, Paul describes the superiority of love and how to live it out. As he does, he tells them that love is primarily an action. It’s a habit to develop in every area of life. While his focus was mainly on the local Jesus-community, these habits were to influence their marriages, families and workplaces.
Over the next nine weeks, we’ll continually return to these 15 “Habits of Love.” Through the use of cards and bookmarks, we’ll remind ourselves (at least twice a day) that love is more something we do and less something we feel. Over 63 days, we’ll look to the Holy Spirit for the strength and wisdom to live a life motivated by love.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Grab your bookmark and card from this weekend and place one where you’ll see it every morning and the other where you’ll see it every evening. In the morning, preview the two characteristics you’ll focus on today. In the evening, ponder on how well you actually did. Ask yourself, “How well did I cooperate with the Spirit today?” You’ll also notice that we’ve added a section to the top of Beyond the Weekend. While we may not talk about these habits every day, this section will help us develop these habits as we engage with the Culture of the Cross.
Click on the photo below to “save image as” to set for the lock screen or home screen on your mobile device to cycle back to each phrase twice daily to remember to live a life motivated by love.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.