DO YOU LOVE?
OUR WORLD NEEDS MORE LOVE!
While often read during Christian weddings, there is no mention of romance, marriage or other coupling within 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. True love is not an affection for or attraction to another person. True love is an action; something we each must do– outwardly and at all times- for all our fellow man. True love is a verb that, when practiced to the fullest extent in our power, benefits the whole of humanity.
*We all need to reflect on our own actions and motives. I created the below table so that we can all focus and dedicate ourselves to filling the world with more LOVE through our own lives!
|1 Corinthians 13:4-7||LOVE IS / DOES:||LOVE IS NOT / DOES NOT:|
|“Love is patient…”||Enduring, does not give up, lasting||Fail, die, transient, fleeting, short-lived, brief, temporary|
|“…Love is kind.”||Charitable, good, respectful, gentle, nice||Cruel, malicious, malevolent, maleficent, mean|
|“It does not envy…”||Gracious, content||Jealous, covetous, grudging|
|“…it is not proud.”||Humble, meek, unpretentious||Prideful, boastful, self-congratulatory, dominating, smug, egotistic, conceited, condescending, cocky, pompous, hubristic, arrogant, patronizing|
|“It does not dishonor others…”||Respects, honors, credits||Slur, brand, shame, disgrace, discredit, brand, condemn, stigmatize|
|“…it is not self-seeking…”||Selfless, benevolent, considerate, self-sacrificing, generous||Selfish|
|“…it is not easily angered…”||Peaceful, patient, calm||Volatile, hypersensitive, demanding, irritable, snappish, impatient, hot-headed, petulant, excitable|
|“….it keeps no record of wrongs.”||Forgives, unburdens, liberates, pardons, remits, passes over||Resentful, avenging, vengeful, retaliatory, punishing; blame, begrudge, abominate|
|“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”||Rejoices – Glorifies, celebrates, exalts, triumphs, jubilates, exuberates
Truth – Virtue, righteousness, correctness, actuality, authenticity, morality, honesty, facts, good, right, ethical, just, pure
|Evil – Deceit, wicked, libertine, sinful, poisonous, menacing, falsehoods, villainous, perverted, wrong, illegal, unwholesome, defiling, condemned, dishonest, depraved, obscene, cruel, sordid, snide, mean, contemptible, vile, vicious, unrighteous, unlawful, nefarious, rotten, deadly, hazardous, harmful, hostile, noxious, detrimental, damaging|
|“It always protects…”||Conserves, preserves, forfends, guards, defends, safeguards, shields, secures, resists||Assail, assault, attack, bombard, besiege, cave, submit, yield|
|“…always trusts…”||Believes in, confides; faith, sureness||Suspicion, distrust, mistrust, doubt|
|“…always hopes…”||Awaits, anticipates, believes, expects, envisions; positive||Doubt, question, despair; cynical, negative, discouraged, nihilistic|
|“…always perseveres.”||Persists, carries on||Quit, give up, bow, falter, succumb|
*Notice that in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 there is no reference to: affirmation of, agreement with, acceptance of, political affiliation – nor of race, color, gender, etc. Love is for ALL the world – no “ifs,” “ands” or “buts.” We must work to love ALL people.