I Corinthians 13 ~ The Love Chapter. This chapter is inspiring yet so hard to achieve sometimes! Life is full of difficult people. Nevertheless, we must all strive to become love with skin on. Love is what God is and we must always try to become like Him. We must become love. Love is in the heart and that is what God looks at. The Bible says “the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts” when we were born again through Jesus Christ. But love is also a fruit of the Spirit that we must cultivate every day. By praying I Corinthians 13 back to God, it is inevitable that you will become more aware of God’s love and loving others the way God does!
“Father, I realize that even if I can speak in tongues of men and of angels, but have not Your love at the center of my heart, I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Your love is reasoning, intentional, and is spiritual devotion for me. I love as You love…unconditionally.
Father, I realize that if I have prophetic powers, and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have sufficient faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not Your love in me, I am nothing…a useless nobody. And even if I dole out all that I have to the poor in provisions and if I surrender my body to be burned, but have not Your love in me, I gain nothing.
Therefore today Father and every day I’m alive I choose to endure long because You do. I choose to be patient and kind because You are. I refuse to be envious nor boil over with jealousy because that is not Your nature. I am not boastful or vainglorious and I refuse to display myself haughtily, because You are humble and a Servant. I am not conceited, arrogant and inflated with pride because You are not. I am not rude or unmannerly and I do not act unbecomingly because that is not Your nature.
Father, Your love in me does not insist on its own rights or its own way for it is not self-seeking, it is not touchy or fretful or resentful. Your love in me takes no account of the evil done to me and I pay no attention to a suffered wrong because You are longsuffering and kind. I do not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but like You, I rejoice when right and truth prevail.
Father, I bear up under anything and everything that comes and I am ever ready to believe the best of every person I come into contact with. My hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and I am able to endure everything without weakening. Your love in me never fails, it never fades out or becomes obsolete in my life. Your love in me won’t ever come to an end because You are eternal and You are LOVE.
Father, I realize that prophecy, it will all be fulfilled and pass away; and as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away; it will lose its value and be superseded by Your Truth. For I know Lord that my knowledge is fragmentary, incomplete and imperfect now, and prophecies are also incomplete, but when the complete and perfect comes, the incomplete and imperfect things will vanish away and become antiquated, void and superseded.
Lord, I realize that when I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become grown up in You, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. I know that for now, I am looking in a mirror that gives only a dim, blurry reflection of Your truth, but praise You Lord when perfection comes, I shall see in reality and see You face to face!
Now I know in part, but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood by You Father. I realize Lord that faith, hope and love abide–these three; but the greatest of these is love. Your love abiding in me. Your love in me Father, brings glory to You and that is my goal for today..to bring You glory! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen and Amen!