2000-03-15 - Fourteen Ingredients of Love
Originally Published 1998-03-04
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever.
Let's look at the fourteen ingredients of agape love and how we can apply
this love to our lives. In the above verse, Paul spells out clearly for us
just what love is.
So, there you have them, the fourteen ingredients of love. But I want you to do something else. I want you to read the list and replace the word "love" with "Jesus." It fits, doesn't it? God is love.
1 John 4:16 (NIV) And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
You are thinking, "okay great, David. Tell me something I don't know." Now put YOUR name in the place of love. Pretty humorous? Pretty sad? Do you see how far apart we are from Jesus? Do you see where you need to improve? I challenge you to pick one or more of the above areas that your name absolutely does not fit, and pray for God's guidance and wisdom to help you become more Christlike. That's the goal for us, being more like Him. While we will never reach perfection here on earth, I believe that it pleases God greatly for us to be growing, progressing toward perfection -- and not just be static. So what we really have here are fourteen qualities or values of Christ-likeness. God is love.
Dear Father, thank You so much for your instruction manual, which we call our Bible. Thank You for showing us a "more excellent way" to live. Thank You for sending your Son Jesus to model for us the perfect unconditional love that You have for us and want us to have toward You. Most of all, we thank You for the greatest love story ever written, the story written in blood on an old rugged cross nearly 2,000 years ago. The ultimate love story, Jesus giving His life, so that all those who call on Him to be their Savior may live eternally with You. In His name, Amen.