Thursday, April 25, 2013

What is Love?

According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, "love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. " In 1 John 4:8 it says, "Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love." If we are to be like God, and God is love, then we are to be everything in this passage. We are to be patient, kind, and not envy or boast. We shouldn't be arrogant or rude. We shouldn't insist on our own way; we shouldn't be irritable or resentful; we should not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoice with the truth. We should bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. A lot of times, this can be hard, or even seem impossible. But we can always ask God to help us. Matthew 7:7-8 says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be open to you. For anyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." And in Mark 12:30-31 it says, "And you shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." Our neighbors aren't just our friends. They're the people around us, whether we like them or not. We need to remember that even if that girl did say something mean to you, that you need to be patient, and kind. :)