Love is and love is not

With it being Valentines Day here is Australia yesterday, all the Bible apps seemed to share the same passage from 1 Corinthians 13.

I have read it many many times, but thought I would look at it afresh. It says…

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT – Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud [5] or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. [6] It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. [7] Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Even though I have read it many times I have never taken the time to break it down and see what love is and what love is not according to the passage.

Love…

  • is patient and kind
  • never gives up
  • never loses faith
  • is always hopeful
  • endures every circumstance

Love is not…

  • jealous, boastful, rude or proud
  • doesn’t demand its own way
  • does not keep a record of wrongs
  • does not rejoice over injustice

In breaking it down it gave some things to try and put into practice and some things to try to avoid.

It also gave me a check list that I could measure myself against to see how I am going.

It was a nice reminder of what love really is and what it should look like.

Be loving and be blessed,

Dave