Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Week 25 of 52

“{Charity} Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7

LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS, even when disappointments seem overwhelming. Love is tolerant, endures with others who are difficult to understand or deal with, and had an eternal perspective in difficulties. Love remembers that God develops spiritual maturity through difficult circumstances.

LOVE BELIEVES ALL THINGS, even when others’ actions are ambiguous and you feel like not trusting anyone. Love accepts trustfully, does not judge people’s motives, and believes others until facts prove otherwise. Even when facts prove that the other person is untrustworthy, love seeks to help restore the other to trustworthiness.

LOVE HOPES ALL THINGS, even when nothing appears to be going right. Love expects fulfillment of God’s plan and anticipates the best for the other person. Love confidently entrusts other to the Lord to do His sovereign and perfect will in their lives.

LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS, especially when you think you just can’t endure the people or circumstances in your life. Love remains steadfast under suffering or hardship without yielding and returns a blessing while undergoing trials.
(BCF, Self-Confrontation page 218)


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Week 24 of 52

“ {Charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;” 1 Corinthians 13: 6

LOVE DOES NOT REJOICE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, even when it seems like a misfortune was exactly what another person deserved. Love mourns over sin, its effects, and the pain which results from living in a fallen world. Love seeks to reconcile others with the Lord.

LOVE REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH, even when it is easier and more profitable materially to lie. Love is joyful when truth is known, even when it may lead to adverse circumstances, reviling, or persecution
(BCF, Self-Confrontation page 218)

Have you memorized a verse recently? Have you reviewed your other verses?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Week 23 of 52

"{Charity} Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil." 1 Corinthians 13:5

From BCF Self-Confrontation, page 218:
"Charity doth not behave itself unseemly" even when being boastful, rude, or overbearing will get you attention and allow you to get your own way. Love conforms to what is right, fitting, and appropriate to the situation in order to honor the Lord.

"Charity seeketh not her own" even when you feel like grabbing it all or have an opportunity to do so. Love does not try to fulfill its own desires, does not ask for its own way, and does not try to acquire gain for itself. Love, as an act of the will, seeks to serve and not be served.

" not easily provoked" even when others attempt to provoke you or you are tempted to strike out at something or someone. Love is not aroused or incited to outbursts of anger. Love continues faithfully and gently to train others in righteousness, even when they fail.

"Charity thinketh no evil" (Love does not take into account a wrong suffered) even when everyone seems to be against you or when people openly attack you. Love does not hold a grudge against someone. Love forgives, chooses not to bring up past wrongs in accusation or retaliation, does not return evil for evil, and does not indulge in self-pity. Love covers a multitude of sins.

How has God's Word spoken to you this week?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Week 22 of 52

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind, charity envieth not, charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

Though I "know" most of 1 Corinthians 13, I have never officially memorized it. In doing a Bible study, we are covering love as shown in 1 Corinthians 13. It is amazing to see a picture of Christ-like love!

From BCF’s Self-Confrontation (Lesson 13, pages 5-6)
LOVE IS PATIENT, even when you feel like forcefully expressing yourself. Love bears pain or trials without complaint, shows forbearance under provocation or strain, and is steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity"

LOVE IS KIND, even when you want to retaliate physically or tear down another with your words. Love is sympathetic, considerate, gentle, and agreeable.

LOVE IS NOT JEALOUS especially when you are aware that others are being noticed more than you. Love does not participate in rivalry, is not hostile toward one believed to enjoy an advantage, and is not suspicious. Love works for the welfare and good of the other.

LOVE DOES NOT BRAG even when you want to tell the world about your accomplishments. Love does not flaunt itself boastfully and does not engage in self-glorification. Instead, love lifts (builds up) others.

LOVE IS NOT ARROGANT, even when you think you are right and others are wrong. Love does not assert itself or become overbearing in dealing with others.

What verse have you been pondering this week?