The Apostle Paul ends 1 Corinthians 13, commonly known as the “love” chapter, with “now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”. John says in 1 John 4:8 that God is love.
What an amazing benefit we have in that we can know God and His love as disciples! We can be indwelled by the Holy Spirit, who transforms us into godly likeness. We can be so intimately close to God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit that we can almost hear their spiritual heart beats like when John leaned on Jesus. You can be filled not only with God’s purpose, but with His love.
Disciples can be transformed from being a “son of thunder” like John was to someone who literally embraced Love and all that He is. May we do the same. It’s there for us, but God wants to know how much of Him we want. We pray you want as much as John (and we) wanted.
Scripture: John 13:23
Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
Father God, thanks so much for showing me the benefits of being Christ’s disciple. Help me to see that the most important one is love, a special relationship with You, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Please fill me with Your love so that I can be love to those You send across my path. Help me to give seekers and new believers a real reason to choose You and all that You are and help me to help them not only come to You, Jesus but to stay close always. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. When you read 1 Corinthians 13, can you place your name where the text describes love in verses 4-7? Have you asked God to transform you so you can?
2. How intimate a relationship do you want with God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? Do you want that relationship to transcend a worshipful one, or are you okay with what you have?
3. How can understanding God’s love and being love as He is help in your relationships with others? How can it help those God sends across your path as seekers and new believers?
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