Love–like faith–is action! The heartbreaking evil of this week and the anger it generates took me to this old look at love. May we all prayerfully seek the love of God and then let it flow out of our lives. We change the atmosphere by living with a loving attitude. 1 Corinthians 13 show us what true love looks like!
Let’s practice being people who are:
Patient. I don’t need to get even.
Kind. I seek to give and to do good.
Content. I don’t want what others have.
Humble. I don’t need to make myself look good.
Peaceable. I don’t always have to be right.
Courteous. I show respect.
Serving. I don’t have to get my own way.
Calm. I don’t blow up and lose my temper.
Forgetful. I don’t keep a list of ways I’ve been hurt.
Righteous. I want the best for others.
Truthful. I love God’s word and try to obey it.
Protective. I don’t say hurtful things about (or to) others.
Positive. I believe the best about others.
Hope. I believe good will come.
Endure. I will not give up.
The flip side of love is exactly what we are seeing played out in the news…individuals declaring and acting on selfish hatred:
I will get even! I will not be patient–I will not suffer long for you!
I have given enough! I don’t want to do anything good for you!
I want more!
I am more important than you!
I am right!
I don’t care about what you need or think!
I want you to do it my way!
I am mad and you need to know it!
I have been hurt by you too many times!
I want you to get what you deserve!
I don’t care what God says–I’m doing it my way!
I will say what I want–so what if it hurts you!
I know you can’t do that–you’re a loser!
I know you will never be loving to me!
I give up!