The Heartbeat of God’s Love challenged me to look again at 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and do a self-examination of the heartbeat of my love in the face of Scriptures, patient and kindness, not jealous or boastful, proud or rude. How do I measure up in view of not demanding my own way? What is my level of frustration and irritability or keep no record of when I have been wronged? Do I express gladness about injustice or rejoice whenever the truth wins out? How about my endurance level? Do I give up, lose hope, and faith, not enduring through every circumstance of life?
The love that God imparts to us gives me the capacity and determination to seek the highest good of others regardless of the situation. Christian love is not a feeling. It is a commitment. We make a decision to be concerned with people’s well-being and treat them with respect, whether or not we feel affection toward them. If we choose to love others, God will help us express our love. Once I truly understand how much God loves me, I will, in turn, live out that love in my relationships with others.