“Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast and is not proud. Love does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking, easily angered, or keeps record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We have all asked the question, “Is this genuine love?” The Bible answers the question! We must remember that love is seen more than felt.
Genuine love wants the best for others.
We are all works in progress. Like I-35, the construction can be frustrating and may seem to take forever. Love is patient with others, allowing them to fail. We are not disappointed in others because we expected imperfection!
Genuine love puts others ahead of ourselves.
We rejoice with the victory and blessings others experience. Love does not boast when we are the ones who are blessed. We focus on others because love is not self-seeking. We rejoice over their good fortune because love does not envy and is not proud.
Genuine love does not hold grudges.
Every relationship is messy. We don’t take offense when others let us down because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs.
Genuine love does not demean.
Because love does not dishonor we never resort to name calling or belittling words.
Genuine love is protective.
We do our best to guard others from hurt because love always protects.
Genuine love is vulnerable.
We see people as gifted, talented, and able to accomplish much. We are exposed to disappointment because love always trusts. We get over it quickly, though, because love always hopes for the best out of every circumstance.
Genuine love seeks harmony and unity.
We grieve over broken relationships and do everything in our power to see reconciliation and restoration. We don’t want others to hurt because love does not delight in evil. We never engage in rumors or gossip because love rejoices with the truth.
Genuine love lasts.
We don’t give up easily because love perseveres. In fact, we will do all we can to make relationships work! In love we overcome and not only survive…we thrive.
Do you love others as Jesus has commanded? Is your love for others even remotely similar to that which Jesus demonstrated for all to see? You do if your life is characterized by the words found in 1 Corinthians 13.