Several years ago my friend and I challenged each other to do a daily love meditation. We read I Corinthians 13 in the Bible every morning for a week before we started our day to see what difference it would make.

I noticed that filling my mind and meditating on this scripture helped me love very intentionally each day. There were times it corrected some of my bad habits and reactions. There were other times it helped me take a deep breath and make sure my talk and walk matched. When I say I love someone, my actions should match it. Doing this daily love meditation helped.

These phrases are some of my favorite to play through my head over and over to remind me what I need to do to love. “Love..endures all things”, “Love is patient. Love is kind”, and “If I give away all I have…but have not love, I gain nothing”.

There are so many beautiful reminders in this scripture. So I found it fitting to share the famous love chapter with you to meditate on. I’ve highlighted some good reminders of what love is and what it’s not.

Focus on this daily love meditation to make sure you’re loving those around you well:

1 Corinthians 13 (ESV)

“1-If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2-And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3-If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4-Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5-or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6- it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7-Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8-Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9-For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10-but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11-When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12-For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13-So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Love is the greatest gift we can give each other. I challenge you to do this daily love meditation too. It keeps the concept of pure love- not selfish love- in the front of your mind all day!