June 4, 2019
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV
Today’s verses describe the characteristics of love. In writing to the church at Corinth, Paul describes what love is and what it is not with these four simple verses. Often quoted at weddings, these verses provide an inclusive listing of what it takes to keep marriages on track, and also all other important relationships.
The key theme in these verses is selflessness, serving others before self. Is it challenging to consistently apply these verses in our personal relationships? Most definitely! But in applying these verses we enable our personal relationships to grow and prosper.
So, let’s take another look at these verses that describe what love is, and what it is not. Love is patient and kind, bears all things, believes all things hopes all things, and endures all things. Love is not envious or boastful, arrogant or rude, and it does not insist on its own way. Love is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
"God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing."
– Rick Warren
Have a blessed day!