Is love simple? Is love easy? Is love something you must have in order to give? What about feelings? Will I always feel loved even if I know I am?
In a previous post, we looked at the ways God loves us and how we can remember them, but if we don’t understand what love really is, how do we know that we have it, or how to give it away? 1 corinthians 13 tells us a lot about love...
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“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Loving someone can mean going through the spiritual trenches with them. When someone I care about is suffering, I want to help them, be with them, encourage them. Those are all things that love does. There is a #kindness that happens automatically when I genuinely care about another person.
No envy here:
Love is feeling happy for someone who has achieved a goal or gained something, even when I am hoping for that same thing in my own life. Love is celebrating the one you love even when you are sad.
Parades have a different place:
Love can be shown without showing the world. There is nothing wrong with a grand display are gesture of love as long as I am not showing #love to someone in order to be seen by others.
Fluff and puff:
Love should be real, not an accessory. I don’t gain pride from my love by wearing like a fancy new sweater on Sunday morning. Love should instead be apparent in the details of your life, like the worn pages of a well used #bible.
Rude remarks don’t count:
Love does bark or bellow at someone, it speaks with a calm tone that lets the ones I love know that I care even when I’m unhappy or frustrated.
Not for these gains:
My love should be given for the benefit of another and not for my own selfish gain.
Is not provoked:
Love doesn’t lash out when things get bad or pain is is on the rise, instead it turns the other cheek. #Compassion for others can help me see clearly when I feel like my love is weak or wavering.
Thinks no evil:
Love does not see to harm or think evil thoughts toward another. If I love someone, I should want to protect them and not cause them to suffer.
Truth or Lies:
Love doesn’t find happiness in a lie or misrepresentation. Happiness, is when I know that my love is not shrouded in secrets.
Bares all things:
True love stands ready for the battles that come, whatever they may be. I can honestly say that love is tough sometimes, but it is worth the struggles and tears.
Believes all things:
Love hopes for the best and believes in the person. I may not always agree with the ones I love, but I can’t give up on them.
Hopes all things:
Love doesn’t settle for the half empty glass. It seeks to fill the glass and prays for God’s Will in everything.
Endures all things:
No matter what comes, Love doesn’t quit. It grows stronger with every battle and wiser with every scar. I can strengthen my love by not forgetting that “God never gives up on me,” and showing that same kind of love to others.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Knowing that God loves me with thins kind of love can help me get through any battle. I am not alone. I am not unloved. I am a child of God, and no one or thing can take that from me.
“This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
II John 1:6 NKJV
I hope you have a blessed day, and walk in faith knowing that You Are Loved!