God’s Goal For Us Is To Love
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It’s a New Year and with a new year comes the hope of change. Something about this fresh calendar causes many of us to look introspectively at our lives and consider what could change for the better. For several years I have written out personal goals for my life and have accomplished these goals with varying degrees of success.
This year as I considered my personal goals for 2013, I was struck by the often quoted passage of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, sometimes referred to as the “love chapter” of the Bible.
Consider this revision of the love chapter as you contemplate God’s goals for you this year:
If I learn a foreign language this year, but have not love, I am no better than a noisy muffler.
If I become a spiritual giant, able to wow people by my giftedness, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I climb a mountain, get in shape or win a race, but have not love, I am nothing.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to be patient with people who annoy me.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to be kind when I’m inclined to be rude.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to quite boasting about my accomplishments and will be happy for others.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to look out for the best interest of others, not just for myself.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to bite my tongue, not be hot-tempered and be a peace maker with others.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to forgive everyone who offends me because Jesus forgave all my sins.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to fight against evil by doing as much good as I possibly can.
This year by God’s grace, I resolve to protect those I love from harm, to trust God and put my hope in the Lord.
This year by God’s grace I resolve to not give up in doing good knowing that God’s love sustains me.
Friend, let’s remember Jesus words to us his followers this year, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) Whatever we may accomplish this year for ourselves, for others or for God, may it be motivated, sustained and carried out in love.
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