Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 7, 2012

Self-seeking

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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1Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. . It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. . Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love is not self-seeking. We are in a society that is self-seeking. I want what I want when I want it and it doesn’t matter how it affects others. You say that’s not you? We really need to be deeply honest with ourselves. We all have the tendency to take care of “numeral uno.’ We do it to different degrees but we all do it. We see this at church dinners, the ones who get in line first to pick the choicest foods before they run out or get the deserts even before the lines start. We see it in trying to get the best seat at a concert or theater (or even church). Self-seeking often shows up in our rudeness, our pride, our envy, our lack of kindness and our lack of patience. We fear there won’t be enough of whatever we want for us so we want to make sure we get our “fair share.” Our question is do we really believe God will supply all our needs? Are our own wants and/or desires so much more important than those of others? Once again, we alone are responsible for the choices we make.

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July 2, 2012

Love Is Kind

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:31 am
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1 Corthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful, It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.

Love is kind.  There are other words for kind: nice, polite, thoughtful.  Picture standing in a long line at a checkout with a cart full.  The line moved slow. Finally there is only one more before our turn.  We notice someone comes up behind us with only one or two items.  We have a choice to make.  How about sitting in a line of traffic?  Someone wants in our lane.  We have a choice to make.  How often do we use the words “thank you?”.  Sometimes we are so task oriented and in such a rush we forget our purpose in living.  Our question is are we willing to slow down and pass God’s love in the form of kindness?  The choice is always ours to make.

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