1 Corinthians 13: A Study in Biblical Love Part 2

Monday, July 9, 2018

I'm back this week with my second installment of our series on love, so I hope you all enjoy it!

"Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:8 kjv
The world describes love as a feeling. It's how a certain person makes you feel they tell you. And there's no denying that feelings do play a part in love. But ultimately love always comes down to a choice.

When your husband leaves his clothes on the floor for the twentieth time this month, do you choose to love him anyway? When your wife complains about how you need to fix the faucet in the kitchen, can you choose to love her anyway?

It all comes down to a choice you make to love someone, even when he is at his worst. So, today I'm going to explore 4 more things about biblical love.
"Doth not behave itself unseemly..." 1 Corinthians 13:5
True love is not involved in inappropriate actions or words. It is not foolish and it behaves itself in a way that is appropriate and respectful.

The way our culture teaches young men to look at young ladies is full of inappropriate talk and actions. And many young women go along with it. Guys, that is not true love.

True love does not only look at the outward appearance, it also looks on the heart and personality of the person.
"... seeketh not her own..." 1 Corinthians 13:5
Biblical love tries to fulfill the needs of the other person first before fulfilling it's own needs. It cares more about the other person than about itself.

So many people get into relationships because it will make them feel better. But that's not true love. True love is concerned about the other person, making them happy and meeting their needs.

When both parties are looking out for the other party's best, things go much smoother.
"... is not easily provoked..." 1 Corinthians 13:5
Anger is almost never from God. When we become easily angry with someone because of something he said or did, it's pretty hard to love that person.  God doesn't call us to be angry with people; He calls us to love them.

If you truly love someone, it should take a lot to make you angry at them, because our love should outshine the anger inside of us.

Whenever you get angry with someone, stop yourself and take a minute. Anger often leads to sin, which is why we as Christians should be careful about being angry.
"... thinketh no evil." 1 Corinthians 13:5
 Love always thinks the best of people. If there's not ample evidence to suggest otherwise, we should always think the best of people. Because if we're constantly thinking that our husband is doing something he's not, it damages the relationship since we would treat him differently.

We can't let our imagination get away with us. There's so many things that that person could be doing, but if you really love them, then why are you always assuming the worst?

Trust is needed in any relationship, and if you have to constantly question someone about where he's been, who he's been with, etc. then it's probably not true love because you don't have trust.

Those are my four attributes for today, so come back next week to hear the last four attributes listed in 1 Corinthians 13!
"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have no charity, I am nothing." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:2 kjv

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1 comment:

  1. love (in a romantic sense) also should be taken seriously, and not be a longing taking over your life or something you think will be a fix. To quote a friend of mine " Relationships don't make problems go away, they just expose them more." It is something I ain't ready for yet but will be eventually. And society pants love = sex which ain't accurate, which points back to your first point. Love ain't inappropriate.

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