1 Corinthians 14:1-Pursue Love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
This particular verse of scripture has been on my heart greatly as we came to the close of 2018. Of course I have seen it and read it countless times over the years however two words rang loudly within me one early morning the last week of December 2018. PURSUE LOVE! I felt greatly within my heart that this was the focus of God for me personally going into 2019.
I don’t want to make light of the remainder of the verse as I truly desire growth in the spiritual gifts especially the gift of prophecy which I totally believe is still alive and a vivid expression of the heart and the love of God for everyone on this earth. The gifts and prophesy according to this verse must be within the foundation of love.
My prayer has been and continues to be Father teach me to love you more and in loving you more teach me to become love and see the love you have for others. He has loved me with everlasting love regardless of my past. He wants me to imitate Him as a Beloved child according to Ephesians 5:1. Everything in the very nature of who God radiants love. And becoming love can only take place in seeking Him by spending time with him and cherishing His word. And as I see more of him in both those areas I can’t help but want but take on the very same nature of Him.
My prayer and desire for 2019 is to Pursue Love more. To love so purely and intentionally that it reflects Jesus in everyway. Why? Because he has pursued me with the same love. And that is something absolutely worth giving my life to.
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Love it! Yes!!
Your timing is always on point I needed this read today more than anything. God’s love for us is never wavering as our love should be for others
Love is such a multi faceted word as I am reminded in 1 Corinthians 13. I also find it interesting that the FIRST of the eight fruit listed in Galatians is Love. If we operate in and through Love, the remaining fruit have no choice but to step up the the plate and swing! When you stated you thought Pursue Love was your focus for 2019, I wondered if God gives you a word or phrase to focus on each year? Since 2014 He has given me a word or phrase. GIRL!, the things that happened in each year reflects direct opportunities to OPERATE in those focused areas. I keep a list and refer back to them to remind myself of His faithfulness as He walked me through each hardship.
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Amen!! Don’t you just love those!