This is a powerful question to ask ourselves. Yet love can be defined in many ways. As we take another step today to live from the inside out with love as our core, I offer for you the definition of what God's love is:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
When I say love, it is with this definition in mind. Having a concrete definition of what love is can be challenging because it gives us a direction to move in that may go against the grain of our natural tendencies. Yet, to have love be so well defined gives shape to what our choices are to be throughout the day. We are:
To be patient, with ourselves and others.
To be kind, to ourself and others.
To be happy for others, not envious.
To be humble and altruistic.
To honor others.
To be slow to anger.
To forgive others.
To rejoice with the truth.
To protect others.
To trust what aligns with God.
To be hopeful.
To persevere through the obstacles/struggles.
Today I offer for you to:
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Invite God's love into the core of your being. Allow your Spirit to be fruitful as you choose live from the inside out today, with God's love as your core. May you live out love towards yourself and towards others throughout the day. When you come to a fork in the road ask yourself, "what does love require of me today?" and may your path become clear.
P.S. I heard this quote in a sermon by Andy Stanley.