What Love Is

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1 Corinthians 13

If you're wanting a straight-forward definition of love, then look no further than 1 Corinthians 13. There you'll find layer after layer of details about love from different angles. We're told what it is--patient, kind, rejoices with the truth, and also what it isn't--not envious or boastful, not arrogant or rude.

I find this passage uplifting and encouraging because it describes the perfect love Christ has for us. Yet at the same time, these verses are challenging and convicting because they lay out how I ought to be giving and receiving love. I want and intend for my love to be patient and kind (and all the other qualities we see here) but, truth be told, I don't always respond that way--even to the people I love most.

So take a quick assessment of how you're doing at loving others. What is one area in which you'd like to grow? Think about how you can put that in practice even this week. Then, tell us about it so, together, we can work on loving better! Tami

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I have been (and, by God's grace, will continue to be) growing recently in love as it relates to not envying.

Specifically speaking, it's quite easy for me--as a single guy, with no real prospects for marriage and family but all the God-given desire in the world for this in all its authenticity--to see happy couples everywhere he turns, or announcements of engagements, or marriage, and fail to be completely happy for the Lord's blessings on those people because of the lack of the same for me.

The Lord is working in my life to help me have genuine joy for those who are experiencing these blessings. It doesn't make my own continued state of singleness while longing for marriage sting any less, mind you, but I've learned that the sting doesn't have to eliminate real, God-given joy and happiness for others.

I find it easy to love those who are lovely, who agree with me, who treat me well. Then there are those who smell, who disagree completely with me, who are rude, arogant, and proud. I've had a few of the latter this week and it hasn't been pretty. Fortunately, I've kept to myself what I would really like to say and then prayed for guidance. Knowing I should love them but also realizing that I can't do it in my own strength. After praying for the people to whom I 'feel' unloving, I find that I actually begin to care for them and have more compassion. Praise to God, His mercy endures forever.

I want to have a more forgiving heart, it is so easy be bitter with a person who has wronged you, it is very hard love when you cant even forgive. Forgiveness is one of the main step in learning to come to pure unadulterated love We should follow the example that CHRIST has set when he was there on the cross he asked HIS father to forgive those who crucified HIM,and to me is one of the finest example of love.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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