The Humility of Love

“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

1 John 3:16-17

Ponder This

Knowledge puffs up but love fills up. Through Christ’s love, you can be humble. Not only does love enable you to be humble, but love also enables you to be courteous. Do you know what courtesy is? Love in little things. Love that says please, and love that says thank you. Love steps back and gives the other first place. We can talk about love in great flowering and swelling words, but our homes, the places we work, and the places where we worship would be much sweeter places if we’d learn to be courteous.

Don’t you think it’s time we started putting an emphasis on our responsibilities to other people? Christ’s love enables you to be unselfish, humble, and courteous.

  • How has someone’s humility, unselfishness, and courtesy had an impact on your life?
  • What would it look like to prioritize these things in your life when you are tempted to react based on your emotions?

Practice This

Consider selfishness and discourtesy in your life. Pray, repent, and pursue peace with the people you’ve hurt.

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