Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Cor 13:4-7)~~ How much of our conduct is a contrast to the nature and effects of love? When we think of loving, we often envision what we get out of it – what that ‘love’ gives us… how being loved makes us feel… the focus is on ourselves; and if we give it, we expect certain and specific responses and reactions to what we have done or given -again, focused on what we GET out of it. But true love is an utter enemy to this selfishness; it does not desire or seek its own praise, or honor, or profit, or pleasure. Not that love destroys all regard to ourselves, or that the loving person should neglect oneself and all their interests. But true love never seeks its own to the taking of from others, the hurt of others, or to neglect others. It ever prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. How excellent would love appear to the world, if those who profess it were more under this principle, and paid due regard to the command on which its blessed Author laid the chief stresses: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Matt 22:37,39). Love is not a feeling – contrary to the popular belief of many – it is an action that brings about a feeling. Love is about the act of giving, not the measure of what you get out of it! Jesus told us to Love God and Love one another – as an action of giving. Herein is our example: God so loved the world that He GAVE His Son… (John 3:16) – Are we willing to lay aside selfish objects and aims and Love (that’s a verb)?
Let us Love, Not in Word or Speech – But in Truth and Action! – (1 John 3:18)