Daily Word for Tuesday, September 8, 2015
There are many ways in which people define and experience love in our current context. If you want a definition of love, I would recommend I Corinthians 13:1-13; there are specific descriptions there that aid us in understanding what love is.
Love is also referred to as the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 [But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness].
It helps to know the origin of love according to the Word of God so that as we look at the description given of love in I Corinthians 13, we will not wrongfully assign those attributes.
Many behaviors can mimic attributes of love while not actually being love at all. Biblically speaking, love is not defined by what we can do via our skills, abilities, intellect or spiritual gifts. It is a fruit of the Spirit which can’t be imitated because it is presented from what one is, not what one does.
Let’s consider what I Corinthians 13:1-13 says that love is:
1. Love is patient.
I Thessalonians 5:14e – … be patient with all.
2. Love is kind.
• Useful benevolence
Matthew 7:12 – Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
3. Love is not jealous.
• Malice, envy, indignation
Proverbs 14:30 – A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.
4. Love is not boastful.
Proverbs 27:1-2 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. 2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
5. Love is not puffed up.
• To be haughty
Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
6. Love does not behave rudely.
• To act unbecomingly
Philippians 2:3 – Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
7. Love seeks not its own.
• To plot/conceit
Philippians 2:4 – Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
8. Love is not easily provoked.
• To exasperate
Proverbs 18:6 – A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows.
9. Love thinks no evil.
• Malicious, willfully harmful to others
Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
10. Love does not rejoice in iniquity.
• That which is wrong
I John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
11. Love celebrates truth.
• Truth unveiled
John 8:32 – And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
12. Love bears all things.
• To cover with silence
Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
13. Love believes all things.
• Gives credit to
I Thessalonians 5:21 – Test all things; hold fast what is good.
14. Love hopes all things.
• To expects with desire
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
15. Love endures all things.
• To remain under, sustain
James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
16. Love never fails.
• To drop away
I Peter 4:8 – And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.
Find someone to express love to today; Jesus has already paid the cost.
Peace and blessings!