1 Corinthians 13:
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (KJV)
Charity in this case is considered to be love. Love is something that Jesus showed us while on this earth. The writer is not saying what love feels like but what love is and what it does.
We should be like God and our love should be long suffering. Our love for one another should endure the test of time. If God’s love is in us, then we should be able to love people. Does this mean we should allow others to do things that hurt or annoy us? No it means we will tell the person what is happening and keep loving them as they go through the time of learning and growing and changing. Possibly it is us that needs to change and we can talk to the person, explain what is happening and ask if they can keep loving us while we grow and change.
Love is kind – do people see Jesus in us on a day to day basis? When we are kind and help others, then people can’t help but see Jesus working in us. They see the love and peace we are in and they are drawn to the Lord also.
Love is not envious. Envy can make people do all sorts of nasty things. Envy should be pushed out of our lives and never be allowed back in. Love should make us happy all the time, even when others get something we don’t get.
The Father is in control of our lives and if we were supposed to get, (let’s say) a promotion, then we would get it. But Joe got it instead. This is the place where we take a deep breath and go over and congratulate Joe. Saying it through clenched teeth won’t help. It must come from our hearts and we should be happy for Joe. God is looking after us and right now we are exactly where we should be.
Love is not to be conceited. “Look at me, look at what I’ve accomplished.” Or even “look at what God has given to me”. Both statements are encouraging other people to see how great we are and/or what fabulous gifts we’ve been given. That’s not love! Love is gracefully accepting something and being happy for it, not being conceited or a braggart.
Love does not behave in a manner which draws attention to oneself, nor does love take pride in itself.
Love does not think only of oneself. We should look around and see who it is that needs help and how can we help them. It should never be about how comfortable we could make ourselves but how we can do something to make another person comfortable.
Love is not easily provoked. We are all easily provoked at times. It seems everyday we run into something that gets under our sin. If we allow this anger to get the better of us, then very soon we are doing or saying or living in a way that is not pleasing to God. We need to catch the anger right away and stomp it into the ground and live in the way Jesus intended.
Love is when we do not think of evil things. We don’t hold onto them. If we do hold onto to hurts, anger, fear or anything which is not of God, then they have a tendency to grow and expand.
Soon that tiny little piece of anger we tucked away has become this huge giant ball of hatred and we’ll be wanting revenge. We must deal with the evil as soon as it hits. We must cover the evil with the blood of Jesus . We can’t give it time to settle in, we must pray over it immediately and have it gone.
We, as Christians know that love is a wonderful feeling that fills our bodies with the love and peace of God. If we keep a good watch and are on the alert for the wickedness of the enemy, then we can overcome them each and every day, with the help of Jesus.
Thank you for love. Thank you Lord that you loved us first and have taught by example.
Father may Jesus always be seen in me. May I always be humble and happy to be a servant to others. May I always see whom you have placed in my path and may I find ways to help them.
Father, I pray that anything I have, anything I do or anything I am in control of, never puffs me up. May I only see you Father leading me in the way I should go.
Thank you Father that I have the blessing of being your child. May I always do your Will Lord and be happy while I am doing it.
In the precious and Holy name of your Son, Jesus Christ, I pray.