Today's Scripture Ephesians 4:15-16

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

 As we grow up in Christ we learn that love is selfless. Less self in our motives equals more love in our actions. Love does not consider its own rights, is not proud, and does not get offended. The more we grow, the more we learn that if we can walk in love, our entire life will change—and that if only a few more of us walked in love, the entire world would change. Love begins when we purpose to be the first to lay down our rights, our selfish motives, and our pride. Love requires each one of us to lay down our lives.

As we walk the path of love, we also learn that as soon as we take the first step, we are tested immediately! Sometimes the people who test us the most are those we love the most. They seem to know how best to get under our skin. And we want to be valued and respected most by those closest to us—more so than by people we don’t know so well or care so deeply about. The more we grow in love, the more we find that we must lay down our lives—and our pride.