Being Christ’s Disciples

Read: 1 Corinthians 13

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (v. 13)

One of the good things about having a disability is meeting some wonderful and helpful people. I look back fondly on two physical therapists I had when I was younger. They were very patient when they were working with me. In therapy, there is a lot of repetition to re-train the muscles that do not work correctly. No matter how many times I did an exercise wrong, they wouldn’t get upset with me. Whenever I needed help outside of therapy, I knew I could go to them. They emulated Paul’s description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

As well as having met loving people in therapy, I have also met other people who have shown Christ’s love to me. There is the teacher who spent extra time helping me learn to read, the friend who takes time to listen even when it is slow going, and the people who help me eat and get around when I am away from home. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35 KJV). I am privileged to have seen some of Christ’s disciples in action.

You don’t have to be disabled to find Jesus’ disciples in your life. Take a few minutes to think of all the people who have or who are willing to help you. You too will find people who are Christ’s disciples. —Steven Laman

As you pray, thank God for his disciples who show you love. Ask for his help in sharing love with others.

About the Author

Steven Laman is a writer and public speaker who has lived with cerebral palsy since his birth in 1970. Steven is a prolific devotional writer for Words of Hope, and the author of two other books: Strength in Weakness and My Grace Is Sufficient. He also volunteers as a teacher’s aide. He lives with his parents in Iowa.

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