Sep 13th 2021 · Day 256
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1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most well-known passages in the Bible. I will never forget a moment of revelation I had when reading it in my early days of following Jesus. I often teach this lesson at weddings that I conduct.
‘Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things’ (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
Jesus is the ‘exact representation’ of God, according to Hebrews 1:3 (NIV). In other words, if we look at Jesus, we see what God is really like. ‘God is love’, as 1 John 4:8 tells us, so we could definitely swap out the word ‘love’ in our passage for the name ‘Jesus’!
Jesus is patient.
Jesus is kind.
Jesus bears all things.
But what about my name? Could I swap out the word ‘love’ for ‘Clyde’? Am I living that? How would my relationships improve if I lived in this way?
Now try it with your name. You see, in the new nature – that is, the nature we receive from God when we surrender to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit comes to live in us – you are all those things too:
……. is patient.
……. is kind.
……. bears all things.
Ouch. Do I?
Pause and reflect: Confess this truth over your life today. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you the power of this truth and how living this way can help you overcome your natural nature.
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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