One week into February and Valentines Day is approaching fast…. this is the month of love. Flowers, roses, hearts and chocolate are everywhere, but what does that have to do with love.. what even is love ? How do you show love without giving materialistic things?
Well.. in the Bible God tells us a clear cut answer. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 I’m sure this is a verse that you’ve seen everywhere, and kind of skim over in your Bible now just because you’re so familiar with it. But, that’s not what I’m going to do. I’m going to show you how this verse holds the answer you’re looking for of what love really is.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
1. “Love is patient..”
Patient = able to accept delays & problems
2. “..Love is kind..”
Kind = having or showing friendliness and generosity
3. “..It does not envy or boast, because it is not proud..”
Envy = a feeling of resentfulness
Boast = talk with excessive pride or self satisfaction
Proud = feeling satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements
4. “..It does not dishonor others..”
Dishonor = a state of shame or disgrace
5. “..it is not self-seeking..”
Self-seeking = worried about things that will benefit you or put you ahead only
6. “..It is not easily angered..”
Angered = filled up with strong
7. “..it keeps no record of wrong..”
Record = keeping track of evidence
Wrong = incorrect, mistaken
8. “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.”
Evil = wicked or immoral
Truth = being in a state of facts; real
9. “It always protects, always trusts..”
Protect = to keep away from harm
Trusts = a firm belief in the reliability of something or someone
10. “..always hopes, always preserves.”
Hope = A feeling of desire and expecting
Preserves = to maintain
That’s a lot of definitions and parts. It may seem overwhelming but don’t worry!
To sum up…
Love is being the best version of yourself for another person.