Love is… (Part 2)
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love is not irritable or resentful; it is restraining of its temper and is not exasperated. Love does not break forth into outbursts of anger and does not bear grudges. When we truly love each other, wrath will not stay in our hearts as “love will cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). Love does not get annoyed at what others may say or do but rather, love bears them all. When provoked by others, love does not respond with offence or ill temper, nor seek revenge but love always seeks to reconcile.
Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing. It never is its delight or desire to commit any evil deeds that will bring harm to others or oneself. Love also grieves at all wrongdoings that stray away from the will of God, whether they are from oneself or from others. It desires that all wrong be stopped and put right.
Love rejoices with the truth, the Truth of God, the way things ought to be as according to God’s commands. It seeks to always act and live in the righteousness of God. It desires to be molded more like Christ and takes pleasure to uphold the values of God. Love is satisfied to see truth and justice prevail among men, the innocent cleared, and mutual faith and trust established between people.
Love bears all things. It points out and corrects someone’s faults with a spirit of gentleness and humility, rather than exposing the person with an intention to shame him. In the face of trouble and hurt, love puts up with them all, having faith that God is going to cause all things to work out for good.
Love believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. By believing all things, it does not mean that we throw away wisdom and discernment.
Rather, it is to see and believe in all people as God sees them, to regard them in esteem even during instances of their failing and fault. In all situations, no matter how bleak they may seem now, love continues to have hope that God can turn things around. Love also endures all things and perseveres believing that God is going to come through and deliver. It will not give up on oneself or others but love will stay strong.
John 13:35 (NKJV)
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
When we display the love of God in our lives, it will draw men to Christ and we will also be a testimony of God to those around us. Therefore, let us continue to surrender to God our old nature and become renewed by His love day by day. Let us be a testimony of His love through our words and actions of love.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for teaching and reminding what it means to love. Help me never to hold any bitterness and resentment against others, but to always love and forgive. Help me to always delight in Your truth, always seek Your righteousness in my everyday life, and lead others to also live by Your truth. Let Your love saturate my whole being that in my daily life, I live out Your love that brings comfort and delight to others, leading them to come to know the love of Christ. Help me put aside all selfish thoughts and to seek to love as You love. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”