Daily Devotion, 4/16/18, “Grow Up and Love Well”
“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT
In one of the most beautiful chapters in the entire Bible, one from which quotes are made at almost every wedding, Paul makes a striking statement that we should all take to heart. It’s time to grow up. Do you have any idea how much just doing that would help our marriages, our homes, our churches and our work places? Think about it. What if we actually took responsibility for what we said, what we did and when we messed up instead of passing the blame on to someone else? How many times have you heard a kid say, “It’s not my fault!” But it is, and we all know it is. Refusing to accept responsibility is childish. How ‘bout finally being ok with not getting your way? It’s ridiculously immature to sulk, stew, pout and lash out when you don’t. It’s the adult version of a childish temper tantrum.When we grow up, we learn that the universe doesn’t really revolve around us. We do life with people who have their own ideas, needs and desires and they are important too. Growing up means we learn to listen and truly understand rather than having to prove our point and win the argument. Growing up means we learn to let others go first. Growing up means we look for the greater good rather than what is only good for us.
Earlier in this chapter Paul writes that “love is patient and kind, not jealous or boastful or proud or rude… it does not demand its own way… it keeps no record of wrongs.” That’s a grown-up kind of love. Growing up means we realize how precious relationships are. It means being the first to say, “I’m sorry,” if it’ll help get us back to where we need to be with each other. Kids take their toys and go home. Adults sit down and work things out.
I invite you to go back and read 1Corinthians 13 with fresh eyes. As you read it, ask your Father to show you your childish tendencies. Invite Him to help you grow up so that you can love well.
You are loved!