Category Archives: Encouragement

Love One Another, Behavior of Love, Part 7

Love One Another, Behavior of Love, Part 7

“A new command I give you: 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 Today is the day we set aside to emphasize “love.” The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and dates back to AD 496. The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the 1300’s when the tradition of courtly love flourished. That’s how the word “courting” came into use. Not too many years ago the term was used […]

Sacrificial Love, Behavior of Love, Part 6

Sacrificial Love, Behavior of Love, Part 6

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 This is the sixth installment in a series of meditations on The Behavior of Love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 has provided us with the bulk of the instruction on the expression of Christian love. Today we turn our attention to the epitome of love as modeled by God through the gift of His Son. Love doesn’t go any deeper and come with any greater expression than this: “For God so loved the world that he gave […]

Love Always Perseveres, The Behavior of Love, Part 5

Love Always Perseveres, The Behavior of Love, Part 5

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 The deeper we get into this passage, the harder it gets. Paul’s use of always — really applies the pressure. He doesn’t give us any wiggle room. Behavior of Love #13 – Love always trusts As babies, we trust, naturally dependent on our parents to provide our needs. However, over time, that trust gives way to skepticism and doubt. Why? Because we experience the disappointment of lies, deception, broken promises, and shattered dreams. We still want to trust, but […]

Love Always Protects, The Behavior of Love, Part 4

Love Always Protects, The Behavior of Love, Part 4

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 Love is all around. I saw it in the dollar store. The checkout line was filled with people purchasing Mylar balloons and tiny heart shaped trinkets. I saw love in the drug store. Folks were browsing through hundreds of cards in multiple shapes and sizes with poems and pictures that expressed “I love you” in just about every way imaginable. And there were boxes of chocolate candy adorned in pretty bows and tiny red roses. I even witnessed love […]

Love is Not Easily Angered, The Behavior of Love, Part 3

Love is Not Easily Angered, The Behavior of Love, Part 3

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Behavior of Love #7 – Love is Not Self-Seeking What is self-seeking love? And why is it bad? Self-seeking love is all-about-me love. It is love that lacks humility and concern for others. In Philippians Chapter 2 at verse 3, we’re instructed to “… Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind…” Our love is to be selfless […]

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