DAY THIRTY NINE of 50-Day Spiritual Journey

Read I Corinthians 13:4-8

6.  Love does not act RUDELY

The issue here is not caring about the sensitivities of others around you. You act crassly, rudely, and without decorum. The loveless person is often overbearing and just plain crude.

7. Love is not actively SEEK out its own way

The word used here for “insist” really means to pursue hotly or actively. To be demanding. To always have your own way and insist that other come to your beck and call.

Read Matthew 20:20-28

8.  Love does not explode with anger

 The word used here for “irritable” means to arouse anger—a sudden outburst or convulsion of anger. Flying off the handle.

Think about how this relates to seeking your own way.  When you are always intent on insisting on your own way, you can become easily angered and irritable when things don’t go your own way.

The image here is of a person who has a short temper and goes “nuclear” at times. You have to walk on eggshells around them because you don’t know if you’re going to set something off.

Read the following:

Proverbs 15:1

Proverbs 15:18.

Ecclesiastes 7:8-9

9. Love Does not TAKE INTO ACCOUNT a wrong suffered

This is record keeping when we are wronged. It harbors resentment and keeps bringing up records of wrongs. It doesn’t easily forgive and forget but is very calculating in making sure you never forget how another person has hurt you.

How does God treat us when it comes to our record?

Read Psalm 130:3-4

If God has completely forgiven our sins and does not keep a record of our wrongs, then we should by the power of the Holy Spirit through the gospel of grace be able to do the same.

10.  Love does not REJOICE at sin

To rejoice in sin means that you justify it in a way that it doesn’t seem to be all that bad. You are okay with sin. You partake in sin.

You get excited and joyful over the failures of others or you want to see someone else fall.

This most poignantly expresses itself in GOSSIP.

Read 2 Corinthians 12:20

Again, look over the list for today and ask the Lord to reveal to you which areas you struggle in or need His grace to grow in.

Dear Loving Father,

I’m so thankful that you do not keep a record of wrong because if you did I could not stand in your presence. Because of Christ’s love for me in the gospel, I am forgiven, accepted, and righteous. Help me to love others with the love that you have shown me. If I have rudeness in my life, please remove it. If I struggle with gossip or unforgiveness or anger or am self-seeking, please grow Your grace in me to be conformed to your image. I desperately need You today.

In Your Name,

Amen

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