I’ve been thinking about love alot lately, so I’ve tried to take a genuine look at what God says about what love & is not in 1Cor 13:4-8. Basically, Paul breaks down love into 2 categories: what love is & does versus what love is not.
Simply put, love is / does not: jealous, arrogant, brag, act unbecomingly, provoked, self-serving, rejoice w unrighteousness or keep track of wrongs.
Furthermore, love is / does: patient, kind, rejoice w truth, bears all, believes all, hopes all, endures all & never fails.
Maybe this break down is easily scanned, but here’s an experiment for you to try in relation to loving God, others & yourself:
Take the above lists of love is & love is not & slowly think through each description as you relate the word to your relationship between you and God. So for example, when I think about loving God, I’m not jealous of God, I don’t want to be arrogant with him nor would I be expressing genuine love to Him when I boast to Him. Additionally, when I love God I don’t behave unbecomingly with Him nor do I want to provoke Him. Here’s the tricky one for me – as I love God, I don’t want to only relate to Him for what I can get out of Him (self-serving). On the positive side, when I love God, I’m patient & kind with Him. I also rejoice when truth is done because I know that He is on the side of truth. When I love God, I bear all things with Him, believe the best with Him, endure with Him when I don’t understand or agree and always keep my hope in Him.
When I do this exercise slowly, maintaining my attention to loving God with these individual descriptions, I’m extremely amazed with this experience. Give it a try & let me know what you think 🙂