One of the most popular passages in the Bible at weddings, this verse explains that love cannot be self-seeking: love is about other people. Think about it: if your loving actions are done with others in mind, loving your neighbors as yourself and even your enemies, how easy would it be to love yourself? It is when we hold hate in our heart that evil flows out. It isn’t always easy to control our own egos and not demand attention for our good deeds, but is the love that we spread and feel for ourselves after not enough? It surely is enough.
And we pray:
Infinitely Loving God, I will praise You with all of my heart for all of my days. Assist me in my struggles with selfishness, O Lord, so that I can truly love the people around me that need it most. As You selflessly sent Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us, help me to see the grander picture and commit to loving actions without thought of acknowledgment. I vow to love more freely and easily, praying these words to Your holy name. Amen.