No doormat Christianity here



Daily reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Thursday May 5, 2016

Focus passage: Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Our love in Christian community is not a means to serve our needs but to seek out the needs of the other.  Love is something we give away; it is not selfish or insists on its own way.  Often we hear these words as means of endorsing a sort of “doormat” Christianity:  Where we are okay with others taking advantage of us, or treating us badly.  Love however while it doesn’t insist on its own way, or isn’t jealous, it “isn’t happy with injustice but it is happy with the truth.”

This love that Paul speaks about pushes us away from our need to insist on our own way and silences those on the margins.  It is a challenge posed to us all, to love even when it is near impossible to.

Prayer:  God be the word of love in my actions today, God be the word of love in what I see today, God be the word of love in my words today, God may I live your amazing love today.  Amen.

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