February 10, 2010

Valentine’s Day Prayer

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:34 pm by Steve

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – I CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 NIV

 

Lord,

Because love is patient…

Help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen. Hesitant to criticize, but eager to encourage, remembering your endless patience with me.

 

Because love is kind…

Help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful. Remind me to smile and to say “Please” and “Thank You” because those little things still mean so much.

 

Because love does not envy or boast, and it is not proud…

Help me have a heart that is humble and sees the good in others. May I celebrate and appreciate all that I have and all that I am, as well as doing the same for those around me.

 

Because love is not rude or self-seeking…

Help me to speak words that are easy on the ear and on the heart. When I’m tempted to get wrapped up in my own little world, remind me there’s a great big world out there full of needs and hurts.

 

Because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs…

Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me. When I want to hold onto a grudge, gently help me release it so I can reach out with a hand of love instead.

 

Because love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth…

Help me stand up for what is right and good. May I defend the defenseless, and help the helpless. Show me how I can make a difference.

 

Because love always protects and always trusts…

Help me to be a refuge for those around me. When the world outside is harsh and cold, may my heart be a place of acceptance and warmth.

 

Finally, because love always perseveres…

Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others. Thank you for this day when we celebrate love, and for showing us what that word really means. Amen.

 

Author Unknown to me

We give thanks to God always for you all. — 1 Thess.1:2.

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2 Comments »

  1. Prince's mom said,

    Is this a definition of love?
    Or does this define LOVE?
    Or does this define Jesus?
    Or does this defind God?
    Or does it define each and all?

    Look…

    Love is patient…God is patient; love is kind…God is kind; love is not proud…Jesus was not proud; love is not easily angered…Jesus was not easily angered; love keeps no record of wrongs…Jesus keeps no record of wrongs; love does not boast…Jesus did not boast; love does not delight in evil…God does not delight in evil; love rejoices in the truth…God rejoices in the truth; love protects…God protects; love trusts…God trusts; love hopes…God and Jesus not only hope, but, more importantly, offer hope.

    Look in any of Webster’s dictionaries, even the largest of the unabridged; and you will not, on this Valentine’s Day, find the word “love” defined as does Paul. What a shame! Whenever, wherever, and with whatever source, people should know the true and the only accurate definition of “love.” How can we answer the unspoken prayer in the song “What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love” if we don’t know what true love truly is? How can we share it if we don’t know it? How can we share it if we don’t know it so we can live it?

    Artistis, art-lovers, and art connoisseurs if asked to select the most beautiful of all paintings, would, in all likelihood, list very close to the top if not at the top of the list, the “Mona Lisa.” Once again, the hypothesis is circulating that the “Mona Lisa” is actually a self-portrait of its creator. Is it or is it not? We may never know the truth.

    But with 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, there is no doubt; THERE IS NO DOUBT, that this is a self-portrait of LOVE, a self-portrait of the Creator, a self-portrait of the Father and the Son.

    As with the “Mona Lisa,” the Painter has shared His portrait of perfection with us. How blessed we are that we know Who and What He is.

    But in this case and as with so many other revelations He shares with us about Himself and His expectations, knowing is being, coupled with the responsibility of doing.

    What will it take for God’s self-portrait to be the world’s self-portrait?
    What will it take for God’s self-portrait to be our self-portrait?
    Oh, what a world filled with “…Love, Sweet Love” if it were.

  2. Kettle said,

    Sometimes in translation the meaning of words gets lost. The intent of this prayer was to take ever phrase, which discribes love, and discribe the phrase in greater detail.
    In 1 John 3, John writes that “God is Love”, so yes in a way this is a fuller picture of God’s character. We are to make it our character too.

    But of course, just because you can define it and discribe it doesn’t mean we can do it!


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