Friday, July 8, 2016

What is Love?

We always hear the word "love" at weddings and read about it in dating/marriage books. In our culture, it seems like anything with the word "love" has to have a romantic connotation. When those who are outside of our family tell us "I love you", they often feel the need to specify "but not like THAT".  If love does not always have to equal a romantic attraction, what IS it? In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul puts it like this:

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.

If you have love, you display these attributes: 

  • You're patient
  • You're kind
  • You rejoice in the truth
  • You bear what's thrown at you
  • You believe without doubting
  • You have hope
  • You endure all things
  • Your love never ends or has conditions
Indicators that you may lack love:
  • You're envious
  • You're boastful
  • You're arrogant
  • You're rude
  • Things MUST go your way
  • You're irritable
  • You're resentful
  • Sinful things/thoughts give you sadistic joy
What side of these do you sway towards? Admittedly, my love needs some work. 

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