Today my friend Lori Wildenberg is sharing how she has been rethinking 1 Corinthians 13 and she has a great giveaway going on…
Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, 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.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Did you have 1 Corinthians 13 read at your wedding? Many of us did. But the words in the Love chapter didn’t fully come to life until I experienced some struggles.
My years of infertility were some of my most challenging times.
How could I love when felt abandoned by God and betrayed by my body? (I wasn’t patient, I wasn’t kind; I was angry, I was envious.) During those five years, I learned about relying on God rather than putting all my hope into the infertility specialists and doctors.
Then God blessed Tom and me with four kids over another period of five years through adoption and birth.
As a more mature believer, I realized God had given us the key to what unconditional love looks like. He tells us how to love like He loves.
And… it’s in 1 Corinthians 13.
And…it isn’t just a nice sentiment to be read at a wedding.
1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most practical and powerful verses in the Bible.
Love is an action, an attitude, an outward focus. It’s self-controlled; it’s an action, a commitment. It is ultimate strength.
I have found this chapter in scripture to be the most impactful in my parenting. It helps me avoid responding in anger to disobedience but to be self-controlled and to have a plan. Love is kind is the glue for family unity. My kiddo’s self–worth blossoms when I demonstrate patience.
Love is the quality that makes a family flourish.
If you would like to know more about how to apply 1 Corinthians 13 LOVE into your relationships with your kids the 1 Corinthians 13 Parent series brings the fifteen attributes of love to life in the books Raising Little Kids with Big Love (toddlers – nine) and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love (tweens- young adults).
During the LOVE Month, February, 1C13P is celebrating! The 1 Corinthians 13 Parent Series: Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love and their companion study guides, is being formally launched. My co-author, Becky Danielson and I are so excited; so much so that we wanted to spread a little love around. We are giving away over $400.00 of gifts: books, jewelry, and one-on-one parent coaching with either Lori or Becky, both licensed parent and family educators. To be eligible for the gifts, comment on this blog post or on an article over at www.1Corinthians13Parenting.com during the month of February. Winners will be randomly drawn each Friday and notified via email. Thank you for sharing in this special month long event!
Lori Wildenberg loves to encourage and support parents in their quest to be the mom or dad they want to be. Lori and her ministry partner and co-author, Becky Danielson, are licensed parent and family educators, authors of three parenting books, speakers, and founders of 1Corinthians13Parenting.com. For more information or to connect with Lori go to www.1Corinthians13Parenting.com www.loriwildenberg.com or visit the 1C13P facebook page www.facebook.com/1Corinthians13Parenting