The Greatest Of These Is Love – Pastor Alton Trimble

Daily Word for Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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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.

• Longsuffering

I Thessalonians 5:14e … be patient with all.

2. Love is kind.

• Useful benevolence

Matthew 7:12Therefore, 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 14:30A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.

4. Love is not boastful.

• Braggart

Proverbs 27:1-2Do 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 16:18Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

6. Love does not behave rudely.

• To act unbecomingly

Philippians 2:3Let 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 2:4Let 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 18:6A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows.

9. Love thinks no evil.

• Malicious, willfully harmful to others

Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

10. Love does not rejoice in iniquity.

• That which is wrong

I John 1:9If 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 8:32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

12. Love bears all things.

• To cover with silence

Galatians 6:2Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

13. Love believes all things.

• Gives credit to

I Thessalonians 5:21Test all things; hold fast what is good.

14. Love hopes all things.

• To expects with desire

Jeremiah 29:11For 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 1:12Blessed 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 4:8And 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!

9 thoughts on “The Greatest Of These Is Love – Pastor Alton Trimble

  1. Michael

    Amen PT!
    These are 16 good points to determine if your actions towards someone are out of love or something other.

    Jesus said the greatest commend is to love.

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  2. Showing of Love is a gift from God, with you absolute guarantee that we will always feel we all feel we get the same love back in return. So love how God would have us to Love and look for His reward.
    Amen Pastor

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  3. raineawarren

    Thank you Pastor Trimble for laying the foundation and the premise of GCIF…because LOVE is the ANSWER! ONE LOVE!

    Corinthians 3:14-15 And above all these put on LOVE which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the Peace of CHRIST rule in your Hearts, to which indeed you were called in One Body, And be Thankful. Let all that we do be done in LOVE.

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  4. Paul & Barbara Taylor

    Wonderful,Counselor,Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace . Thank God for Jesus!! Oh what LOVE !! We love you P. T. Just keep running for Jesus. Great word.

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  5. LeLe

    While it is so easy to say the words “I love you” to somebody, we can’t truly love the ways you have spiritually described without the gift of the Holy Spirit giving us the enabling grace to do so. Thank you Holy Spirit.

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