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Love Is Not Easily Angered

The Bible says love " not easily angered..." (1 Corinthians 13:5) This is referring to being upset about an injustice against us or simply being upset about something we don't like.   Jesus displayed righteous indignation. He was angry at the injustice against other people and came to...

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Love Is Not Self-Seeking

The Bible says love " not self-seeking..." (1 Corinthians 13:5) Selfishness can be very subtle, and sometimes I need the Lord's help in seeing it in myself, but I think it's safe to say that I'm guilty daily of at least selfish thoughts, if not actions. To be honest, without the Lord's help,...

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Love Is Not Rude

The Bible says love is "...not rude..." (1 Corinthians 13:5) Like all the aspects of love, if we are considerate of the other person's feelings, we will not be rude. The area of rudeness I'm most guilty of is interrupting people when they're speaking. Why do I do this? Because I'm either impatient...

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Love Is Not Boastful or Proud

The Bible says that love is not boastful or proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4) Granted, there can be a positive type of pride, such as admiring Christ or martyred Christians or even the good achievements of others, or a sense of satisfaction in something we did right. But in this context, the focus is on...

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Love Does Not Envy

The Bible says that love "...does not envy..." (1 Corinthians 13:4) Envy is resentful jealousy over what others have. The way to combat envy is to be content with what God has given us, whether that's possessions, talents, position, etc.   When my husband and I initially learned of our...

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Love is Kind

"Love cares more for others than for self." (The Message, 1 CO 13:4)   Impatience is a result of being focused on my needs. Kindness focuses on the needs of others, and therefore waits patiently. It doesn't pressure someone to make a decision or do something before they are ready. Kindness...

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Love is Patient

The Bible says, "Love is patient." (1 Corinthians 13:4) Let's look at several aspects of patience. First of all, a patient person endures pain and trouble without complaining, losing self-control or causing a disturbance. Jesus on the cross is the supreme example of that! He demonstrated patient...

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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) How does Jesus love me? First of all, He sacrificially gave His life for me even before I loved Him. And now that I'm His...

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Wisdom in Peacemaking

The Bible says, "Blessed are the peacemakers" (Matthew 5:9) and "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." (Romans 12:18) I had to learn the hard way what that meant. It means that I am to make whatever sacrifices God calls me to make, in the interest of peace....

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