"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance (1 Cor 13:4-7)."
When I think about the cross, I think about this scripture right here, and the idea of selfless love. He who knew no sin, became what I could never become. My inadequacies and weakness', it was nailed to the cross so that I could live out my original design.
Paul points out to the church at Corinth (and really to us), a picture of love; it is patient and kind, not boastful or jealous. In fact, it is absolutely selfless.
Selfless love it almost seems impossible!
Think about it. How hard is it to exercise patience while waiting in line at the grocery store? Or to offer your spot in line to the person who has fewer items in hand than in your cart? It's tough! And even more so when you're in a rush! (Lord, help me.)
But God isn't requiring us to have it altogether. He simply wants us to make a conscious effort in growing and in walking in love.
Choose an aspect of this selfless love and focus on it. If it's patience, then work on tolerating delay. If it's irritability, work on your temperament. Just focus on one and allow God to do the rest. When we conquer one area at a time, we become closer and closer to perfecting our love walk and demonstrating the power of God in our lives.
This is what we are called to do; to demonstrate love- His selfless love to others. Therefore, be an imitator of Christ; love extremely selflessly!