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.

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What verse have you been pondering this week?



5 comments:

Violet said...

Wow,thank you for reminding me of this passage - it really is such a challenge for us as believers! May the Lord by His grace help us in this area,as I'm sure that I won't be the first to admit that I have failed to show love in every one of these areas, sometimes within a single day! Even if outwardly I appear to be showing love to others, inwardly I often have selfish motives such as having others think of me as really "good". So thank you for posting this and challenging me in this area!

A passage that has been on my mind a lot this week is Lamentations 3:22-39. I have been reading through this book this week and it was quite terrifying reading about God's righteous anger and judgement, and then right in the middle of it all is this amazing section full of hope and joy and assurance for believers! It really made me stop and see God's grace all the more. It's a wonderful passage, and I'm so glad I saw it this week as I must confess that Lamentations is a book of the Bible that I have rarely read.

God bless!
Your sister in Christ,
Violet

Maddy said...

I love the verse this week! To 'love' seems so simple, but when you read through the verses in Corinthians you begin to realise that everything you do reflects your love - your conduct, your speech, and your actions.

I watched a Christian movie called 'Hanse' last night, and there was a great line that really stood out to me:
"You won't get better by improving one thing in your life by 100%. You get better by improving 100 things in your life by 1%."

It's true, really, because love involves so many things - so we need to strive to improve in the loving words we say, the compassion we show, and all the other things that make up love - kindness, humility, patience, etc.

Thanks for the verse this week :)

Rubies Like Ruth said...

@Violet

It is so true that many days we {I} fail in EVERY single definition of love!!!! Ah, but Lamentations 3:23 fits right in - it is God's grace that we are not consumed, because His mercy fails not!!! It is His mercy and grace that gives us strength to continue on this narrow path!!!

Thanks for your comment.

~Ana Renee
www.52weeks52verses.blogspot.com

Rubies Like Ruth said...

@Maddy

Yes, it is amazing to realize that "love" (which is so flippantly used in today's world) is shown or not shown in everything we do and say. It reminds me of "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tonuge; but in deed and in truth." (1 John 3:18)

~Ana Renee
www.52weeks52verses.blogspot.com

Amy said...

When I am afraid, I will trust you. I praise God for His word. I trust God, so I am not afraid. What can man do to me? Psalms 56:3-4