Sunday, February 12, 2012

Love Test

“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.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

I love this passage about love :)! The word "love" is so overused and misused that it doesn't mean much nowadays. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 spells out what true love in action really is. I like to put it all into questions as a test to check how I daily do in the "love" department. Well, I definitely fail more times than I can ever count :). The good news is: each day we still breathe, we get to practice loving again and again. "Life is ripe with opportunities to learn love ♥...The world is not a playground; it's a classroom, and the eternal lesson is learning how to love better.♥" (~Henry Drummond)

Love Test

Am I patient?
Am I kind?
Do I envy or get jealous?
Do I boast?
Am I prideful or puffed up?
Am I rude/do I dishonor others?
Am I self-seeking/do I demand my own ways?
Am I easily angered/provoked/irritable?
Do I keep any record of wrongs/hold grudges?
Do I delight in evil/rejoice in iniquity?
Do I rejoice with the truth?
Do I always protect my loved ones?
Do I always trust?
Do I always hope?
Do I always persevere/endure through every circumstance?

Love waits. Love cares. Love gives. Love shares. Love is humble. Love rejoices with those who rejoice. Love is not grumpy. Love is polite. Love puts others above self. Love overlooks offenses. Love forgives. Love stands up for what is right. Love believes. Love never gives up.

Love encourages rather than envies
Love notices rather than neglects
Love comforts rather than complains
Love appreciates rather than aggravates
Love makes sacrifices rather than makes excuses
Love seeks to understand rather than demands to be understood

"Love is a rich, vigorous expression of character--God's nature in all its fullness." ~Henry Drummond

My prayer today: Thank You, Lord, for loving us unconditionally and eternally...and for teaching us in Your Word how to love! Please fill our hearts with Your love and help us love like Jesus!

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~This post is linked up with Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty @The Beauty in His Grip, "Hear It, Use It" @Graceful, Playdates with God at The Wellspring, and In Other Words (this week @Heart Choices) .


Joe Pote said...

1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite passages.

Thank you for the beautiful exhortation to true love.

Joan Davis said...

That is a great exercise to check how we have been showing love! 1 Corinthians 13 is such an important lesson to us all. Thanks for the encouragement this morning!

Denise said...

Such a nice post.

Debbie said...

Thank you for your love test. It's good to evaluate how we're doing in light of God's Word. For some reason, I never heard the Casting Crowns song but ... I love it. It really touched my heart.

Thank you so much for participating in this week's In Other Words Tuesday. And happy Valentine's Day!

Blessings and love,

Laura said...

Praying this prayer with you, my friend. He is the Love. He is the Love.

Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing the Love Test. It's something we all need to consider. Unconditional love came to mind as I was reading this post.

Ms. Kathleen said...

You give so much to ponder. Love this scripture... full of truth. Have a wonderful day!

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