#DailyDevotion Our Father Is Going To Perfect His Love In You
1Co 13:4-13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (5) or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; (6) it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. (7) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (8) Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part, (10) but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (11) When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (12) For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (13) So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I think we often just pass up what Paul is saying here and we get emotive because he mentions love here a fair amount in a short period of time. When applying these descriptions of love to ourselves we may find ourselves coming up short also and feel terribly guilty (as we probably should). Remember this, 1Jn 4:16” So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” Our love, our living out this love starts with believing God is love and God loves us in Christ Jesus. If you do not believe God loves you, you will not be manifesting the love Paul here describes.
Yet if you do believe God loves you for Christ’s sake and you think you do not come close, fear not. Paul ends this section, “we know in part and prophecy in part,” “we see in a mirror dimly,” “I know in part, then I shall know fully…” You will not love fully as God loves you, yet. Love is part of the divine nature. Peter writes, 2Pe 1:4 “..,through them [great and precious promises] you may become partakers of the divine nature,…” The promises are the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. He promises us his righteousness and justification through faith in Jesus. He promises a resurrection to eternal life when we put our trust in Jesus. And as many are the promises of God, when the Holy Spirit forms faith in us to believe them, the promises make us partakers of the divine nature.
God our Father will perfect his love in us. Paul tells us here, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” The Father fully knows us and fully loves us. When Jesus is revealed on the last day then we will know fully and love fully even as we have been known and loved fully by God our Father. But as it is, as God has his way with us, we will begin to love as God loves because we are his children. We have his Holy Spirit. So Paul’s gracious words will begins to be fulfilled in us as we believe the Father’s love for us. We will be patient and kind, not envy or boast, not be arrogant or rude, not insist on our own way, not be irritable or resentful, will not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth; we will bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things; we will have eternal life. We will do these things in part in this life. In the next life we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is. (1Jn 3:2)
Heavenly Father, your great love for us in Christ Jesus transforms us from unbelievers to believers, from condemned to justified, from being children of the devil to your beloved children. May your great love for us transform us this day and every to love our fellows as you have loved us so we may be manifest to the world as your children in this world and more perfectly in the next. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.