Psalm 32:7 (New International Version)
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
Love prodded. I resist the pull to old ways, I wrestle.
But Jesus is defined by love. It is his very essence.
And so I open my Bible to a passage I have lived in of late: 1 Corinthians 13. Today I read it wanting so much to be the love that I read of. After all, love that cannot be tested, is no love at all.
Is patient, where I can be so impatient.
Is kind, and cares for the other person more than for self--another area in which I need to grow.
Keeps no record of wrongs. When I feel accused I am tempted to rehearse past hurts.
Always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I fight the urge to hide, but he is my hiding place (Psalm 32:7).
How appropriate are the words at the end of 1 Corinthians 13 in verses 11-12:
11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
A child's thoughts are naturally self referential and only gradually shift to greater selflessness. There is a connection with agape love here. How "childish" I still am!
God challenges me to put away childish ways so that the face in the mirror looks more like Jesus. I want that more than anything.
As a garment takes the shape of the body it clothes, be in me and shape me, Lord. Conform me to the image of Jesus.