And do everything with love. – (1 Corinthians 16:14, NLT)
Do everything in love. – (1 Corinthians 16:14, ERV)
Love without stopping. – (1 Corinthians 16:14, MSG)
Let love prevail in your life, words, and actions. – (1 Corinthians 16:14, VOICE)
Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians is a call that is still asked of us today. Now, more than ever, we need to operate out of a place that is motivated by love. If love alone were to determine what we do and say, imagine how much gentler and kinder our surroundings would become. This should not merely be something to imagine, rather it needs to be something that we bring to fruition. It begins with a choice. One word. One deed. One intentional action motivated by love, rather than by selfishness. As we operate out of selflessness, and choose to see the needs of others first, the atmosphere of an area begins to change. Kindness is contagious, and love extended, often comes back in a gentle return. May we choose to do everything in love, for His love shall prevail in our lives, our words and our actions, as we seek the Lord to direct our steps.
May all that we do,
Be done with His love;
There’s nothing greater,
To help overcome.
So let love prevail,
In life, word and deed;
Love without stopping,
Help give where there’s need.
In places of hurt,
Still governed by pain;
Gently extend love,
So they’ll rise again.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to love as we are loved by You. Thank You that You love us without ceasing. Thank You that You do not call us to do anything that You are not also willing to equip and empower us to do. Forgive us for withholding love or for placing conditions on who, when or where we choose to give love. Teach us to trust You more, as You ask us to love without stopping, just as You love us. Show us how to love those around us with our life, words and actions, so that they may know the depth and breadth of Your love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we look to You to let love prevail in our lives, words and deeds. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
When times are good, be happy. – Ecclesiastes 7:14