We press on with part three of the Love Series……….Look at me, like I know so much.
In verse four, we talked about love as it relates to words and actions, now let’s move right on into attitudes. Verse five gets heavier. Here’s the whole thing, again.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I don’t know, I may not be up to the task. Verse five covers some intense topics. You realize, I’m just flying by the seat of my pants, here.
It does not dishonor others,..Do I really need to expound on this? You know, we not only dishonor others with our words, but with our actions, as well. If somebody’s being dishonorable, it is neither your job nor mine to ‘out’ them. Only Abba sees the hearts of men and He knows the whole story, and then some. It breaks my heart in two to hear a brother speak against a brother. Maybe you don’t agree with your boss, your spouse, your pastor. Maybe you feel strongly about an action or a decision. For cripes sake, grow a pair and take your grievance to the source, otherwise, shut up.
…it is not self-seeking,….Whoa, Nelly. To me, this is the standard by which all feelings considered to be love should be measured. Love gives, it does not take. Man, oh man, I could go for days on this one. Look, there are people and things that we feel strongly about. If those feelings conflict with the well-being of those who are close to us, who depend on us, or to whom we are in covenant with, that is not love. Remember pride? Love gives, pride takes. Selfish wanting for the sake of one’s own personal gratification, with no regard for what is lost or who gets hurt is destructive and prideful.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16
…it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It doesn’t matter who did what to me. It doesn’t matter whether or not they have it coming.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9
I could say a lot, but Brother Peter sums it up well enough for me…..so that you may inherit a blessing. The bottom line is, God forgives us and we should do no less. It reveals Him to a hurting world. He likes to see a heart filled with mercy and He blesses it.
Love will always promote the well-being of another over itself. Always.