Exodus 39 & 40
Biblical Love: Rate Yourself
What is Biblical love?
So what is love? Is it what greeting card writer’s want us to believe? Is it some
irresistible attraction? Is it something we fall into and out of? Are we just victims of Cupid’s arrows?
One definition of love is “a purposeful, sacrificial action for the benefit of another and the glory of God without expecting anything in return”. And one of the best passages to show us what that looks like is 1 Corinthians 13.4-7a. Among other things, it says:
- Love is patient. It’s patient when tempted to be impatient.
- Love is kind. It’s kind even when the other person doesn’t deserve kindness.
- It’s not envious of others. It’s not envious of their material possessions, their success, or anything else.
- Love is not boastful. It doesn’t show off or brag. It’s not puffed up with pride.
- It’s not rude. Sometimes we’re kinder to strangers than we are to our own spouses and children. But if God’s love abides in us we will not be rude, either in our words or our actions.
- Love is not selfish, constantly seeking to have it’s own way. It prefers others as more important than itself.
- It is not irritable, no matter what the circumstances. It is not resentful.
- Love bears all things. It bears up under hardship. The old King James Version says that love forbears. It puts up with. At times we just have to “put up with” the shortcomings and failings of others. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4.8).
- It believes all things. It gives the other person the benefit of the doubt. It believes that God is working in the other person just as He is working in us.
- Love hopes. Biblical hope is much stronger than our “wishing and hoping” kind of hope. It’s expectant.
- It endures. It perseveres. Love never ends.
Based on this list, if you were to rate your love on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being very low and 10 supremely loving, how would you rate yourself? Take a minute and think about it. I’ll wait. Continue reading