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Transparent, Transforming Love

There are many things, negative and positive, that motivate us to try to change: guilt, fear, anger, pride, a desire to be healthy or to improve at something, etc. Operating under those motivations may work for awhile, but sooner or later we'll burn out and give up. Think of how many New Years...

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Overcoming Selfishness

One way to battle selfishness is to remember that God's love is always considerate of others. I am often very blind to my own selfishness. Once God opens my eyes, I'm appalled at how blind I was.   One example of my selfishness is related to our disabled son's helpers. At times, I would send...

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Reflecting Christ’s Love

Jesus said, "...Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35, NIV. The emphasis is mine.)   How does Jesus love me? First of all, He sacrificially gave His life for me even...

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Love Never Fails

The Bible says that love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8) God's love is never lacking or insufficient in power. It over comes all things. It extends mercy, grace, forgiveness, and all the attributes described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. God's love even overcame death and provided an open door to...

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Love Perseveres

The Bible says that love perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:7) It is relatively easy for me to love people who are nice to me. But I need God's supernatural power to persevere at loving unkind or annoying people. My natural (sinful) inclination is to give up when the going gets rough. But, by God's...

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Love Hopes

"Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." (Psalm 5:3 NIV, the emphasis is mine.)   The Bible says love "...always hopes..." (1 Corinthians 13:7) When our world suddenly comes crashing down on us, or our trials...

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Love Trusts

The Bible says that love "...always trusts..." (1 Corinthians 13:7) Since God is the only One who is perfect, He is the only One who is completely trustworthy. (I don't even trust myself because I struggle with selfishness). When I trust the Lord, it frees me to think the best of people and look...

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Love Protects

The Bible says that love protects. (1 Corinthians 13:7) When love is offended or aggravated, it forgives and is patient and protective. If I'm acting in love, I will protect the other person, even when they offend me. I will not speak negatively about them to someone else. I will keep the offense...

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Love Rejoices Over Truth Not Evil

The Bible says, "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth."(1 Corinthians 13:6, NIV) This is, of course, referring to God's standard of truth and evil. We live in a world that has it's own definitions of truth and evil. So, our first task is to learn from the Bible what God...

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Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

The Bible says love "...keeps no record of wrongs." (1 Corinthians 13:5) Love gives up its right to be angry and extends grace and mercy, instead. Jesus' death on the cross is the supreme example of that. If He was willing to suffer and die for the sins I would commit against Him, then I should...

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