Love

 

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1 Cor. 4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

 

Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 describing the characteristics of one who loves.  He explains in great detail how love demonstrates itself.   Even when the love is not reciprocated we are admonished to continue to show love.  Our love is not based on how the other person behaves or what the other person does.

On a good day when everything lines up the way we want it to most of us can exhibit the traits the Apostle writes about.  But there are those days when you did not get much sleep, and you have not had your cup of coffee yet.  You are irritable because nothing is working out the way you planned it.  It is in those moments it becomes a little more challenging to show love.

Showing kindness is a demonstration of love.  People know when you love them by the way you treat them. Love does not dishonor another.  Love will cause us to put aside our own agenda to assist someone else.

Love is not self-seeking; love sees and acts on the needs of others first. Love is not easily angered.  Love does not delight in evil but celebrates with the truth. It always protects.

My challenging in this Scripture is Love keeps no record of wrongs.  It is so easy to focus on how other people treat us.  But Christ is our ultimate example in the giving of His life for our sins.  Since this is what Christ did for us, it would be unfair of us not to offer this love to others. So when I am tempted to keep score, I am reminded of what Christ did for me and that motivates me to love in spite of.

Question:  What challenges do you face in showing love?

 

Scripture Source:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+13%3A+4-8&version=NIV

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