"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." -I Corinthians 13:13
There is so much to say about love.. But first, I'd like to share with you some "elements of love." The pages below are a part of this particular page, so enjoy:)
I Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. It speaks of the way of love. Let's take a look at it:
Thou I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And thou I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
Ok, now let's take this step by step to better understand it:
Charity, another word for love in this case, has many charectoristics:
Love "suffereth long" Love is patient.
Love "is kind"
Love "envieth not" Love is not jealous
Love "vaunteth not itself" Love does not boast.
Love "is not puffed up" Love is not proud.
Love does "not behave itself unseemly" Love is not rude.
Love "seeketh not her own" Love is not self seeking, or selfish.
Love is "not easily provoked" Love is not easily angered.
Love "thinketh no evil" It keeps no records of wrongs.
Love "rejoiceth not in iniquity" but rather "in the truth" Love does not delight itself in evil, but rejoices in the truth.
Love "beareath all things" Always protects
"believeth all things" Always trusts
"hopeth all things" Always hopes
"endureth all things" Always perseveres
Love "never faileth" Love never fails.
Verses: Galatians 5:22, I John 3:16-18, I Corinthians 13:1-8, I John 4:7-12, I Corinthians 13:13, I John 4:19, I John 4:20-21, St. John 15:17, St. John 13:34-35, Deuteronomy 10:12
"Deuteronomy 10:12--More Than a Feeling
"Twelve times Deuteronomy says we are to love God. In fact, Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 when he gave the most important commandment as 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart' (Mark 12:30). How can we love when we don't feel loving? In the Bible, love is more than a feeling. It is a decision to serve another person's interest. Only through God's help can this decision be made with 'all your heart.'
"Love is not just another mark of a Christian, but the birthmark of a Christian.
"When asked what the greatest commandment was, Christ replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' The second, he said, was like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' In other words, your life as a Christian should be marked first by your love for God, and then by your love for others and yourself.
"Love for God. Your love for God can be measured by the amount of time you want to spend with him and by how much you allow him to influence your life. Is he a secret friend you're ashamed of, or is he soemone you eagerly introduce others to?
"Love for others. Love loves the unlovely, the unloving, the unlovable. It doesn't care if it's loved in return. Christian love turns a blind eye toward others' faults and keeps no record of wrong.
"Love for yourself. Self-love is the recognition that you're a unique creation of God. He made you for a reason--with ever scar and idiosyncrasy. You can love and accept yourself, because God first loved you!" -God's Words of Life
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