1–LOVE - The Belt of Truth

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8


“We often throw the word ‘love’ around loosely, leaving it to be defined in many ways. People say things like, ‘I love chocolate cake,’ ‘I love football,’ or ‘I love that show.’ When people say sentences like these, the words they really mean are ‘like’ or ‘enjoy.’ The definition of love goes much deeper than what we feel emotionally attached to. To love is to compassionately and righteously pursue the well-being of another.”—Tony Evans


Dear Lord, thank You that You have first demonstrated to me what true love is. I don’t have to guess what it looks like because You modeled it through the giving of Your Son Jesus Christ as my ransom. Love never shrinks back, and love is never selfish.


Lord, I pray that what I do for my spouse will come from a true heart of love, rather than duty or even in the hopes of getting something back. When I serve my spouse in love—from a sincere and pure heart—will You be kind to me and let me know You noticed? Will You reinforce this attitude in me by allowing me to see with spiritual eyes when my love makes a positive difference in my marriage.


Give me grace, Father, to love willingly, continually and even in spite of feeling as if all of my needs are not met by my spouse. Love is not conditional. Love forgives. Love believes. Love endures. Love never fails. Thank You for modeling that to me every day. In Christ’s name, amen.

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The whole passage of 1 Timothy 3 is wonderful, but the last verse is one of the three famous 3:16’s of the New Testament (see John and 2 Timothy).  Verse 16 reviews a few enormously important facts about Jesus: He appeared in a body, He was vindicated (shown to be right) by the Holy Spirit, He was seen by angels, He was preached to the nations, He was believed on in the world, and finally ascended into the clouds in glory.

There is a chronological order to the list in verse 16.  First the Son of God appeared in a body at Bethlehem.  The mystery of godliness is truly great, that the Creator would become like us in every way except with no sin.  He was also shown to be right in what He taught about Himself, vindicated not only by Himself but by the Spirit at His baptism.  He was seen by angels certainly at His birth and also at His temptation in the desert when they attended him.  He was preached about and then believed in by many.  News of Jesus spread like fire throughout the nations.  We must preach and share about Jesus if folks we meet are going to believe in Him.  We shouldn’t marvel that folks don’t believe if we don’t proclaim our Lord.  Finally He ascended to His throne, visibly and into the clouds, which is where all living and dead believers will someday meet Him. 

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