Farm Wife Devotions: All You Need Is Love!
"All you need is love. Love is all you need."
If you think back to my first devotional, one of the "greater" commandments was to love our neighbors as ourselves.
So what does that mean? What is love?
Let's start by looking at 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.
This passage is telling us that we can do everything right, but that if we don't have love in our hearts, it means nothing.
Simply following God's word is not enough. We must do so with love.
What is love? It is patient, kind, thankful, and humble. It is not slanderous, or selfish, nor does it hold grudges. It is honest and has integrity. And, I think the best was saved for last,
I heard a story once where a mother told her daughter to insert her crush's name in place of the word “love” in verses 4-7. It certainly put a new perspective on things! The daughter did and realized that her crush was none, or very few, of those things and moved on from her infatuation.
I like that mother’s idea! I will teach my boys to do the same and use those verses as a guide for themselves and those with whom they surround themselves.
Now insert your name into those verses instead of love!
Is that you? Do you strive to live up to that kind of love?
Today's Farm Wife Devotion was written and shared with us by Laura Tilly a fellow rural sister in agriculture! Thank you so much Laura for sharing your heart with us!
Laura Tilly hales from SE Wisconsin. She is a wife, mother, caretaker, riding instructor, and horse trainer. She wears many uniforms and loves them all. She grew up on a hobby farm and aspires to have her own farm with her family some day; raising beef, pork, poultry, vegetables, fruit, and being generally self sufficient along with breeding, raising, training, and showing Arabians. Her faith in God helps her get through each day with a sense of peace and a sense of humor. Without that she'd be lost. She look forward with sharing her thoughts with all of her fellow sisters in agriculture and sisters in Christ.
To read last week's Farm Wife Devotion please click here!