Paul's Better Way, Part 2

“And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31).

1 Corinthians 13:5-7 continue to describe love:

“It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

The person influenced by love does not stay focused on self, but rather “counts others more significant than yourself” (Philippians 2:3). Since selfishness butts heads with others, it often leads to anger and angry displays. Love, on the other hand, “is not irritable.” When we are filled with God’s love we want to bless others with our words, not stir up anger. Furthermore, love does not hold grudges, and thus is not “resentful.” People who hold grudges or resent others cannot refrain from outbursts towards them.

These traits provide a biblical definition of love. No where do we see this demonstrated more than in Jesus’ love for us (John 3:15-16). As we experience His love, so we need to demonstrate it toward others. Since this series focuses on anger, we need to see the vital link between love and anger: Where love abounds, anger subsides.

Let’s ask God to fill us with His love, so that it abounds in our life:

 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

Finally, we cap this week’s focus on anger with a prayer to God:

“Lord, forgive us where we failed and erupted in anger towards someone made in Your image. We acknowledge our dependence on You for grace to overcome our own anger, and for love to flow out from us to others. Grant us grace to manifest Your love to people in need of you. May our own life reflect Christ’s love, leading others to You.  

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