Once in a while I look through my prayer journal and thank God for the ways He has blessed me. Sometimes I write prayers, and sometimes I'll write a verse of scripture to reflect on.
I came across The Love Challenge the other day as I journeyed through my journal. I want to share this with you, and it's not original with me. I'm not sure where I came across the challenge, but I still want to share it.
The Love Challenge is based on 1 Corinthians 13.
Here's the NIV of 1 Corinthians 13:
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Here's the challenge. Put your name in the place of love.
______ is patient,
______ is kind.
______ does not envy,
______ it does not boast,
______ is not proud.
______ does not dishonor others,
______ is not self-seeking,
______ is not easily angered,
______ keeps no record of wrongs.
______ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
______ always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
And now you see the challenge.
I hope you all have a blessed day!