1 Corinthians 13 Devotional – Day 2

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS FAITHFUL
Out of His faithfulness God honors His covenants and fulfills His promises. Our hope for the future rests upon God’s faithfulness. Psalm 89:1-8 

Psalm 89:1-4
I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant:‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”

Praise God for His Faithfulness
Every promise God ever made he has kept. It is no effort for him to act faithfully and keep his word. He IS faithful. Praise God for faithfully keeping his covenant. Praise God for your future hope, because he is faithful to keep his promises.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Youth Horizons.
  • Ask God to use Youth Horizons to help kids lead healthy productive lives.
  • Pray for children to trust in Christ through the work of Youth Horizons.
  • Ask God to speak to you as you read the scriptures.

SCRIPTURE READING:

1 Corinthians 13 English Standard Version

The Way of Love
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 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.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

Paul said that “love is” then he describes love. We are prone to see this as a “to do list” or a “don’t do list.” We think it means that we are to exert effort to be more patient, more kind…or to not be jealous. Certainly effort in these things is worthwhile but not enough. Perhaps you have tried to be more “patient” or less “proud” and find those efforts largely without lasting effect. What if patience is sort of like a “by-product” of love and love is what we grow in as we use appropriate means to become more like Christ? If this is so, and I think it is, then the way to become more patient is to make the choices that will help us become more like Christ. When we pursue Christ in real and tangible ways then patience will, in effect, pursue us.

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