Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.
Love isnâ€™t selfish or quick tempered. It doesnâ€™t keep a record of wrongs that others do.
Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.
Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
Love never fails! 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (CEV)
If I were Thomas Jefferson and began tearing out pages in the Bible and if I kept only these four verses, I might be able to still live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. If these verses were some of those torn out, I donâ€™t think I would be surprised because they are hard to live! Look what it says if I paraphrase these verses:
Loving is about being gentle, considerate, and compassionate and tolerant. It is not being envious or bigheaded, conceited, self-righteous or bad mannered or vulgar.
Love is not egotistical or self-centered and does fly off the handle! Loving does not keep a mental list of everyone elseâ€™s mistakes so I can show them how much better I am… and forgetting that Jesus is my standard.
Loving celebrates the truth but does not use it as a weapon. Loving is never about controlling or hurting someone. Evil, the characteristic of satan and his buddies, has no relationship with true love.
Loving is always encouraging and helpful, dependable, supportive, and faithful.
Love does not fold!
Did you come up with some other phrases? Did you feel some conviction like I did? I bet Paul did also as he was writing this!
Love is so about emotion. And because of that, it is full of pitfalls. Despite any of my best efforts, my flesh can manipulate me causing love to be manipulative. Some call it passive-aggressive behavior. Love that makes my heart break can bring me to pull away so I will not be hurt again. It can also mean that I will do more for someone than what God wants me to do. I get in the way of God doing what He needs to do in that personâ€™s life. I try to save the person when God wants them to turn to Him and they may not do that until they are in the place where He is the only One to whom they can turn!
God is love. And so it makes sense that I ask God to teach me about love. The world has perverted love and twisted it so that it is unrecognizable to what God has given. Let us learn from the Master.
â€œThough the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,â€ says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
â€œI have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.â€
Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)