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God Is Love

Reading Francis’ Chan’s “Crazy Love” last night, there was a simple exercise that sort of pushed me hard in the chest. I took it a step further, and it taught me a great lesson. If you’re reading this, try doing the same thing.

The exercise is based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13, which says,

“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. Love never fails…And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Ok, now take every instance of the word “love” or “it” and replace that with your own name (i.e. Adam is patient, Adam is kind). Now step back for a second and see how many of those phrases make you feel like a liar or that you’re stretching the truth to pigeonhole yourself in there. For me, things like “does not boast,” “is not proud,” “keeps no record of wrongs,” are areas that I have to say “Oops.”

That’s where the exercise ends in “Crazy Love.” But let’s go one step further. Now replace the same words “love” and “it” with “Christ.” Does He fit the mold? If our goal as Christians is to emulate Christ, then find the areas that Christ makes the phrase truthful and you don’t, and those are the areas you need to work on in your Christian walk. Go for it!