Love…

          Do you want to see how you are doing in the area of loving?  Well, you could go to the “love” chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. Within this chapter you would see some very practical truths:
          Love is patient and kind; love 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 at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Are you patient?
Are you kind?
Do you envy or boast?
Are you arrogant or rude?
Do you insist on your own way?
Are you irritable or resentful?
Do you rejoice in wrongdoing?
Do you rejoice in truth?
Do you bear all things?
Do you believe all things?
Do you hope all things?
Do you endure all things?

          When I hold the mirror of God’s Word up, I don’t care for my reflection.  In many of these ways, and far too often, I do not love.  How about you?  How well do you love? 

Diane

Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick.  In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events.  She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years.  She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all.  She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.  

 

One thought on “Love…

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Dear Diane,

    Wow! Such a powerful piece of material to discern and to contemplate.

    I’m humbled to confess that, even though I try so diligently to delight
    and obey the L-rd, way too often, my sin nature gets in the way and I join
    in Paul’s challenge of “doing what I don’t want to do and not doing what I
    should do.”

    To love, to encourage, and to help support others is our mission as
    Christians. I love that song which centers on the lyrics, “They will
    know we are Christians by our love, by our love….they will know
    we are Christians by our love.” How many of us think we are serving
    our Creator, but lace our actions with rudeness, envy, boastfulness,
    impatience…..then turn around and ask for gifts of kindness, patience,
    and love from G-d for ourselves !!!

    Ah, the flesh – does it not always seem to get in the way of our
    victorious living for Almighty G-d? Sometimes I think of myself as
    the “dustiest of dust” – yet we are not to become weary of doing
    good, so thanks for your words of wisdom today, Diane, and let us
    continue to strive in loving well and living wisely for HIM !!!

    Blessings for a preciously-holy Christmas. What a wonderful season
    of life and love, yes?!?

    Stephanie Dickinson
    Lancaster, Pa.

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