Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of LOVE in the book of 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 The chapter of LOVE
Let’s first define the definition of love via Dictionary.com
a. strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. For example maternal love for her child.
b. Attraction based on sexual desire, pertaining to lovers.
c. Affection based on admiration, or common interests.
We cannot hear it preached enough at wedding ceremonies, emphasized at pulpits, spoken amongst family members, or passed on between spouses, friends, and most importantly, our children.
Love love love everybody wants to be loved.
Now let’s compare biblical definition of love
In the bible, love cannot be described as ONE word, but an adjective of many words.
Love is Patience! The capacity, habit or fact of being patient. Able to bear pains or trials calmly, or without complaint. Being steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.
Love is Kindness! 1st Corinthians 13:4 The quality or state of being kind. Having a sympathetic or helpful nature towards others, no matter how ugly or hateful they are to us.
LOVE does not envy! 1st Corinthians 13:4 Love does not show contempt towards others, but rather celebrates others. Love does not wish ill will on anyone, or is jealous of their success. That feeling of discontent or resentment, when you wish to have the same thing, or quality that someone else has, is envy, and not love.
LOVE does not boast! 1st Corinthians 13:4 Real LOVE does not go around boasting about success, fame and money, love is humble, and meek, in all circumstances.
Love does not dishonor others. It does not speak bad about others, nor does it wish to break anyone down.
Love is not self seeking. This love does not seek selfish gain, but rather seeks to be selfless towards others.
Love is not easily angered. Soft spoken, well thought out, without anger, in calm manner.
Love keeps no record of wrong. This love overlooks the mistakes of others nd shows compassion t.
Love does not delight in evil. Has no pleasure in entertaining evil or wicked deeds, and thoughts.
Always protects! Covers from harm, damage, or destruction
Always trusts! Reliance on character, ability, strength, or truth in something.
Always hopes! Cherishing each moment with desire and anticipation.
Always perseveres! Persists in spite of difficulties, opposition, or discouragement.
Never fails! Never loosing strength, fall short, or become unsuccessful.
I can’t even compare this kind of love to anything in this world, that unconditional love!
Know this, and observe the actions of others. People can speak one thing, but do another, say one thing, but do quite the opposite.
In the Kingdom, worldly things are foolishness, and in the world wisdom of God is foolishness. We are in the world, but are not of this world.
According to biblical definition of love
Love is NOT sexual intimacy.
It’s not whispers in your ears.
It’s not gifts, or appreciation
It’s not affection, feeling or emotion.
LOVE is SACRIFICE best described in John 3:16
For GOD so LOVED the world that he gave his ONE and only son. Laid his life down for others, selfless, patient, kind, loving father!
LOVE IS NOT just words or affirmation, or affection, Love is accompanied action.
If today you have not experienced this unconditional love, run to the father, he has an abundance of his love for you. When you fully immerse in his love, you can freely give to others.
But if you have no love, how can you give love?!