Nate Cress is the Associate Pastor at The Lakes Assembly in Rockwall, TX. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Jennie, since 2008, and they have two children together, Gracie and Josiah.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Love Challenge
What is love? That may be one of the biggest questions anyone has ever asked. Love is mysterious. It may be freely given without significance in one instance and reserved for the most treasured relationships in another instance. We often devalue the concept. We say that we love something but often mean that we just really really like it. I love chocolate, but once I've had my fill, I no longer want any chocolate. We often use love this way without any significance at all.

What do you love? Do you love your job, car, shoes, hair, hobby, favorite collection, etc? You know exactly what I mean. You say you love certain things, but you really don't "love" them. So then the question gets a little more personal. What do you "love"? Immediately your mind goes to what you "should" love, but take a step back. Why do you love what you love? How do you love what you love? Should you love what you love?

I know. I know. Now we are getting personal. We all get a wake up call when we ask those tough questions. The truth is we probably haven't loved the right things the right way. We haven't acted how we should act. We maybe even prioritize things that we shouldn't and love things we should love a lot less. So we come back to this lingering question. What is love, and what do I need to do about it?

I don't have any secret knowledge to give you. I don't have anything to tell you that you haven't already come to the conclusion of. However, I do have a challenge. For the next 14 Days, I'm challenging myself and you to explore the meaning of a different kind of love. Each day from February 1st to February 14th, we'll discuss what love is from a biblical perspective. You've probably already guessed it. We'll spend some time looking at love from the perspective of 1 Corinthians chapter 13. The chapter of the Bible discusses a kind of love that is much more intense than the love I may have for my favorite things. This is an unconditional love. The greek word used for love is agape. It is the highest form of love in the Greek language, and is the word that Paul (the guy who wrote the book of 1 Corinthians) uses in his letter to the church in Corinth who apparently were struggling with the concept themselves.

Are you ready for the first challenge?

Love Challenge: Love is Patient

"Love is patient..." 1 Corinthians 13:4a

Now, what on earth could that possibly mean? I'm not sure how to spell it out for you any more clear than that. Love is expressed through your being patient. Logically it follows that hate is expressed through your impatience. So the challenge for today is simple: be patient with the one you love. That means keep your mouth shut. Be nice. Forgive. Suffer a little bit for their sake. It doesn't mean let them walk all over you. It just means take a hit for the team. Don't retaliate. Hit them with kindness. Be the bigger person.

It's a challenge. It's not supposed to be easy. This is "love" after all. You can do this.

See you tomorrow for the next Love Challenge.

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