Many people say these three words without understanding…I LOVE YOU!!
I think about the love my parents have for me,
I think about the love they have for each other,
I think about the love I have for them ,
I think about the love I have for my brothers,
I think about the love I have for my friends,
I think about the love I have for my (ahem) Friend …(Lord knows my brothers don’t want to know about this one …B, I love you and appreciate you…)
Do you say it? Do you show it? Do I say it? or Do I Show it?
Let us Look at what is said about love according to the bible
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Wow..That makes me think ..I am I this way to ALL the people I Love???
Let’s examine this text by definitions
Love is patient. Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.
wow food for thought
Love is kind. Kind is showing tenderness or goodness; inclined to do good and bestow happiness; it is opposite to hurting or paining;
Love is NOT jealous. Jealousy typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something that the person values, particularly in reference to a human connection. Jealousy often consists of a combination of presenting emotions such as anger, sadness, resentment, and disgust. So LOVE is NOT THIS!!
Love is NOT boastful. Boast: To glorify oneself in speech; talk in a self-admiring way.
Love is NOT proud. Proud (or pride) with a negative connotation, pride refers to an inflated sense of one’s personal status or accomplishments. ie ‘I am the hottest since slice bread and don’t cater about nobody but me’
Love is NOT rude. Rudeness (also called impudence or effrontery) is a display of disrespect by not complying with the social “laws” or etiquette of a group or culture. These laws have been established as the essential boundaries of normally accepted behavior. To be unable or unwilling to align one’s behavior with these laws known to the general population of what is socially acceptable is to be rude. So LOVE is NOT THIS either!!
Love does not demand(claim as a right to) its own way…this one is an eye opener to me
Love is not irritable. Irritate: To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure.
Love keeps no record of being wronged. ..hmmm
Love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up. Give up : to abandon ; to quit
Love never loses faith. Faith is confidence or trust in a person or entity
Love is always hopeful. Hope is the emotional state, the opposite of which is despair, which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.
Love endures through every circumstance. Endure: to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; to bear without resistance or with patience; to tolerate
Now looking at each part of this text by just definition I and all for us have fallen short in some way with our love for God, for others and to ourselves. Let us , yes with myself included, be sure of those 3 little words with big meaning when phrased together… and act according to those you love.
Be Blessed and Keep Smiling 🙂