I stumbled upon something causing me to read 1 Corinthians 13 with new eyes. I wanted to share it with you as a way to start this day. As you read it I pray, ""that out of His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you the mighty inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. Now glory be to God who, by His mighty power at work within us, is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes." Because God loves me He is slow to lose patience with me.
Because God loves me He takes the circumstances of my life and uses them in a constructive way for my growth.
Because God loves me He has no need to impress me with how great and powerful He is because He IS GOD, nor does He belittle me as His child in order to show me how important He is.
Because God loves me He is there for me. He wants to see me mature and develop in His love.
Because God loves me He does not send down His wrath on every little mistake I make, of which there are many.
Because God loves me He does not keep score of all my sins and then beat me over the head with them whenever He gets the chance.
Because God loves me He is deeply grieved when I do not walk in the ways that please Him, because He sees this as evidence that I don't trust Him and love Him as I should.
Because He loves me He rejoices when I experience His power and strength and stand up under the pressures of life for His name's sake.
Because God loves me He keeps on working patiently with me even when I feel like giving up and can't see why He doesn't give up with me, too.
Because God loves me He never says there is no hope for me; rather, He patiently works with me, loves me and disciplines me in such a way that is hard for me to understand the depth of His concern for me.
Because God loves me He never forsakes me, even though many of my friends might.
Because God loves me He stands with me when I have reached the rock bottom of despair, when I see the real me and compare that with His righteousness, holiness, beauty, and love. It is at a moment like this that I can really believe that God loves me.
Yes, the greatest gift of all is God's perfect love!!