Athlete, Love

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬

Love. This word is used so much and thrown around so often in so many contexts, that it's possible it doesn't mean very much, or at least it softens the blow of what it really means. We also say it but don’t really understand what it means. It's like a kid using a word they heard an adult using but they don’t use it correctly.

What does Love mean to you? The greatest example of Love is Jesus himself. The challenge with that is, not many people know who Jesus is or what he did, and how he expresses his love TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON. Paul gives a definition and description of love in 1 Corinthians that if someone really understood this and lived out love in this way, our world would feel and be a transformed place.

The Love of Jesus and the love Paul was talking about is a love that's unconditional. What does unconditional mean? It means its a no matter what kind of love, the love that doesn't expect anything in return. God's love doesn't change based on what we've done, been through, or who we are, it doesn't love us any less. It's Perfect!

When we choose to live a lifestyle that values others, it requires loving people without expecting anything in return. I wonder if why that makes our social lives so challenging. It's really hard to lay aside all we want for ourselves. It's like we crave selfishness or if others are part of our lives, we hope to get something out of it.

Application: Athlete, the challenge all week has been to go beyond yourself. Get out of your comfort zones and be a real friend. This week you have read scripture and received practical help on how to pursue others.

Regardless of where your faith is, with God's help you have what it takes to put others first.

But this challenge just wasn't for this week. Make it a lifestyle to pursue others, build deep relationships, invite them to know and be exposed to the things that truly satisfy in life, The Gospel. God has a plan for you and your teammates that go far beyond your good times in college. God's plan for you is not limited to the your athletic achievements personally or as a team.

Let’s pray together that, we will learn to love people and help people without expecting anything. That's unconditional love.

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