Love is …

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7  God’s Word Translation
Love is patient.

When was the last time I was pushy towards others who were not doing things in the time period I expected?

Love is kind.

When was the last time I was kind, friendly, generous, or considerate? It takes no money to be kind; a smile, an offer of time to help another, opening a door, waiting my turn, all show others kindness in action.

Love isn’t jealous.

When was the last time I didn’t envy others for what they had, possessed, or enjoyed? I can envy other’s good health, slim bodies, popularity, or intelligence, but what good does that do me?

It doesn’t sing its own praises.

The only praises that deserve singing and shouting are those we offer to God, our loving Father.

It isn’t arrogant.

When was the last time I thought more highly of my own abilities or importance? Would it not help other’s more if I appreciated their skills and accomplishments?

It isn’t rude.

When was the last time I was ill-mannered or impolite? Simple courtesies like the words we learned early in life are easy to say and so very effective: “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” “pardon me,” “you’re welcome,” and “you first.”

It doesn’t think about itself.

When is the last time I thought of others needs before my own? It gives such a sense of well-being when I help another person, especially the young or the old.

It isn’t irritable.

When am I not irritable? I tend to stay ready to take offense from anyone and everyone. It’s not a good place to be.

It doesn’t keep track of wrongs.

When am I not keeping score? I can immediately list wrongs done against me. How does that affect my attitudes and behavior … not well! 

It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth.

Do I rejoice when someone is wrongly accused? I truly don’t think I do. I am much happier when truth triumphs.

Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

When have I lost my patience, stopped believing that with God ALL things are possible, stopped hoping GOOD would outshine the bad in any situation, gave up? Unfortunately I have done all of the above. 

 

Does this mean I have no love? I show no love? I don’t even recognize love? NO!

I think it just means that GOD is LOVE and I am merely one of His children. I am trying to learn from my Father how to live and love as He would have me live and love. Thank You, Father, for being the way-shower. Thank You for your patience, kindness, humbleness, thoughtfulness, peace, joy, for not keeping track of my wrongs, and for NEVER giving up on me. You ARE love.  AMEN

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Jesus Loves Me
Anna B. Warner, 1860
v. 2-3 by David R. McGuire
ref. by William B. Bradbury, 1862

 

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Refrain:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so!

 
Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”

 
Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.

 
Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

 
Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

 

2 thoughts on “Love is …”

  1. Jan , I love Corinthians and this is true ! I always remember from Paul “ but the greatest of these is love”❤️Happy Valentines Day to you And Robert !

    Sent from my iPhone

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