C13 Mom: Love Is Not Self-Seeking

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Today’s trait of love is one that is so against our human nature but is the key to living an abundant, fulfilling and joy-filled life.

I think Gordon D. Fee’s commentary on 1 Corinthians explains this trait well:

“…they should not seek their own good but that of others. In some ways this is the fullest expression of what Christian love is all about. It does not seek its own; it does not believe that “finding oneself” is the highest good; it is not enamored with self-gain, self-justification, self-worth. To the contrary, it seeks the good of one’s neighbor-or enemy.”

It is all about who is more important. You, or those in your life? Is your job more important than your relationship with your spouse? Is your hobby more important than playing a game with your kid? Is watching your favorite show more important than watching your tired friend’s kids for a few hours? Is having a relaxing morning at home more important that helping with a work day at church? It is all about priorities. Are you here on this earth to advance yourself, or make life better for those around you?

I went to a marriage conference this last weekend. The speaker, Joe McGee, talked about the fact that love is not a feeling – it is an action. Love is something you do. What are you doing to show someone love? You have to do more than say the words “I love you” and give them a hug. You have to show them your love by doing something to them, for them.

How are you serving those around you? Are your children and your husband blessed by your actions of love?

This week’s assignments:

  1. Find scriptures about how we are to walk in love towards others. How we are to seek to do good to others and not to ourselves. Then share them as a comment on this post so we can all learn.
  2. Come up with a list of 2 things that you can do for each of your family members to serve them this week.

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