… It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. (1 Cor. 13:5 ESV)
Love knows how to yield. We know how to yield; we just have difficulty doing it. Traffic jams and busy schedules can bring out the worst in us. In our haste, we sometimes cut others off. We can become so focused on our own plans or own needs that we lose sight of the needs of the people right beside us.
In the supreme example of love, Christ Jesus yielded himself and did not insist on his own rights or his own glory. Isaiah writes, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so opened not his mouth” (Isa. 53:7 ESV). It is Holy Week, and today’s verse reminds us that the Lamb of God surrendered himself to gain our salvation. He gave his life so that we can gain ours.
Do not run over someone today in the haste of your own agenda. Yield the right of way to someone else. Remind yourself that every person you encounter bears the image of God. Surrender yourself to plans of the Lord. Be willing to yield your way so God’s way can be made clear. Jesus calls you to a sacrificial love that “does not insist on its own way” (1 Cor. 13:5).