One of my biggest personal take homes from Karl Barth has been a refreshing re-orientation around Jesus, the Word made flesh who is the ultimate revelation of the God who is love. Jesus has to be at the center of any worthwhile Christian theology. In this vein, Barth mentions in passing that 1 Corinthians 13 (the famous love chapter) is “best understood if for the concept ‘love’ we simply insert the name Jesus Christ.” (CD I.2, p 330)
I couldn’t help but use this as a devotional experiment. The result would (in part) go something like this:
Jesus Christ is patient, Jesus Christ is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. He does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus Christ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Jesus Christ never fails. (verses 5-8, revised from the NIV)
Try it out!