What is true love?
The bible mentions love endless times in many different scenarios. I think the best representation of love is in verses that most of you probably know pretty well. We hear them at almost every wedding. You guessed it, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Now before you click away because you feel like you have heard that verse too many times before, I challenge you to read them with a sense of conviction. Instead of just brushing over them as we all may have a tendency to do. These words are deep, heavy and serious. God is love, so we must treat the verses about love as so.
Love is patient, Love is kind…
Here it is…
“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 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.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Lets dive in…
Love is patient:
Alright guys, put on your conviction caps! Love is patient. Let’s think about this for a second… You may consider yourself a patient person but even if you do, think of the people you are probably most patient with. For me I am most patient with people I don’t know. The people I am most impatient with are the ones I love.
I know, I know it’s so difficult to be patient when your loved ones do the same thing that bothers you over and over again. Guess what? We do that same thing to God. We sin over and over again but instead of being impatient with us, God offers forgiveness and mercy.
It is not self-seeking:
I think that this phrase in the passage is looked over because we don’t truly understand it. How can love be self-seeking? Well do you love someone because they love you? Would you still love that friend if she didn’t always buy you coffee and random gifts? Would you still love your significant other if they had no money or financial security for you?
Love is and of its self, love for the other person and that person alone. That includes the flaws that they may have. We can’t only love half of a person, right? Love to love, not to just be loved.
It keeps no record of wrongs:
Ouch! This one cuts deep, and I am pretty sure I am not alone in this. I am infamous for bringing up things that I have said I have already forgiven. I’m super convicted because that not only shows that I keep a record of wrongs, but it also shows my inability to truly and fully forgive. Love forgives, love doesn’t bring up past mistakes, love only hopes, holds and forgives.
Our amazing God keeps no records of wrongs. When we make the same mistake we have made over and over, He doesn’t say well you’ve done that too many times now I am not going to forgive you. No matter what you have done in the past, He fully forgives. Your slate is wiped clean. That my friends is perfect love.
Love never fails…
Love never fails. When we do see love fail, when we do see relationships fall apart it usually isn’t because the love isn’t there, it is because the forgiveness and patience have faded away. We are humans, we make a lot of mistakes, but we don’t want the people around us too.
I encourage you to invite these verses into your heart. I encourage you to start serving your loved ones, try focusing on making them happy. We can’t keep trying to form people into who they are not. We must truly embrace who everyone else is and love them for that. Love them for the differences they have from you along with the similarities.
Today lets spread the patience, kindness, forgiveness and mostly love! 🙂
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