Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

At the end of chapter 12, Paul says, “But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.” And he writes what it means to live a life of love. Basically, if you are all amazing in everything, but have no love, you missed it.

Honesty hour. For a long time, I was afraid to love others. I struggled knowing that I was lovable and loving others felt threatening. Like somehow I would be lost in it. If I really put you first, where would that put me? Who was looking out for me?

So I did what was easier. I developed other skills. I studied, wrote, taught, spoke – and I did it well. And I loved what I was doing and some of the time I loved the people who I interacted with. But most of the time, I was fearful, protective, suspicious and defensive. It was hard to truly love and trust while I nursed my own wounds and hurts.

But there were people in my life who were infinitely patient with me and my healing process. They encouraged me, they called out my best, they never gave up on me. They were truly the body of Christ and community to me. And for that I am so grateful. I will never be perfect, but I am so much better. I love others and am less concerned about me. I know who I am but more than that – I know WHOSE I am.

What about you? Does loving others come naturally? Or do you find it easier to perform good works, keeping people at arm’s length? There is ONE who loves you so much and died to bring you close. You don’t need to be afraid of being forgotten or overlooked or left out. You are a part, a valuable part, of God’s story.

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