As a mother, when I was pregnant with Mattie and Emma, I prayed the same prayer and still do to this day: “That they love God and love people as they follow after Jesus”.
First Corinthians 13 is probably one of the most well-known passages of the Bible as we have heard it at almost every wedding. Even though it is one of the most well-known, it is probably also one of the most overlooked passages because we hear it so often but probably do not take the true meaning into consideration when we listen to it.
It is one of the verses that changed my life and outlook on love itself after my Bible school teacher, Dr. Randall Smith, explained it as; “Love is a verb”.
How I read 1 Corinthians 13 now:
“Loving someone can mean long suffering.
To love means to be considerate.
To love means we are not discontent or resentful.
Love is not self-satisfying or self-absorbed
Love honors others.
Love is not out for oneself.
Love means forgiving.
Love knows truth.
Love does not look like this world.
Love protects, trusts, holds hope, and perseveres.
It never fails.”
I never thought of “love” as an action, as something we must do and not just feel until I put it to work and was shown this true kind of actionable love from other believers.
In knowing that, it is not just an emotion but an action, I pray that my children and children everywhere exude and learn what true love is and show it to those around them so that, those they come in contact with, see a difference of love.
I pray that they see Jesus in how my children love.
Jake and I are blessed to have a son, Mattie, who loves everyone. When he sees another kid, even a stranger, he automatically says “That’s my friend!” Mattie already is showing actionable love to those around him at just the age of 4. I thank God for this every day. I thank God for the village he has surrounded our family with that helps our son learn what true love is and that, as he grows, he follows after Jesus and continues to practice the actionable love Jesus shows us.
I want you to go back and read 1 Corinthians 13. If you have children, I want you to pray each line over them. If you don’t, insert your own name. I pray that we all examine our lives and see what perspective of love we hold and allow the Lord to work through that and change it, so that we, too, can show the action of love and not just the emotion.