Love to love

1 Corinthians 13:4-6 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

Leader, I bless you with making good progress on the road to God’s idea of love. I bless you with being kind, despite your circumstances. I bless you with the wisdom and discipline to not give in to comparing yourself to others, to give no place for envy in your heart, but to be content and at peace. I bless you with sufficient confidence and self-worth that you do not need to boast or prove your worth by posturing. I bless you with being authentic and with seeing how people engage with you because you mirror their worth. I bless you with behaving in a way that attracts people to you, and not repel them. I bless you with being generous with your time, talents and resources. I bless you with being immune to jibes and irritations from others; let nothing steal your peace. I bless you with being careful with what you think – and by extension, with what you see, how you talk and whom you allow to speak into your life. I bless you with being righteous in all your dealings, using truth as your plumb line.

Colossians 3:12-14 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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