BIBLICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF LOVE

As we look at Valentines Day this year, we need to remember the greatest love story that ever existed.  John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

As Christians let us show this love this week to our family and friends.   The love that God has for us is unconditional.  He loves me even when I am not “lovable.”  I Corinthians 13 gives us the characteristics of true love that we need to exhibit in our lives.

Love endures long and is patient and kind;  love never boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

It is not conceited (arrogant, inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.  Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way; for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; IT TAKES NO ACCOUNT OF THE EVIL DONE TO IT.  (It pays no attention to a suffered wrong.)

It does not rejoice a injustice and unrighteousness; but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening.)

Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end).    (Amplified Version)

You can be very talented and gifted or make a lot of money for your family, but the greatest thing you can give them is love–God’s love.

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