Get Smaller While Others Get Bigger – September 21, 2016
1 Corinthians 13:4, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Sunday at Cottonwood Creek, I began a new teaching series titled Relationship Goals’God’s Way. My guess is, if you are like many others, you have a relationship or two that is struggling.
If you missed my previous blogs concerning love’s preeminence and its properties concerning others, you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com .
The next aspect of love that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 13 concerns SELF. Paul says, “Love … does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking…” Make sure you heard that! Love ignores self. It does not envy; it does not boast. Love is not proud, and it never dishonors others. Scripture reminds us that we have to understand our places in our relationships. In other words, those who are characterized by love are humble and treat others better than themselves. If we really want to have great relationships, we need to get smaller as others get bigger. If we really want to have great relationships, the ‘me’ is removed from our vocabulary and our thoughts. So, in our relationships today, make sure we get smaller while others get bigger. That is true love and that is a key to relationships done God’s way.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D