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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

L O V E <— how are you doing with this in your life…loving?

Each week in February I’m going to talk about…

L O V E

I know it’s a little “cliche”  to be talking about this in the month of February, but stick with me as I unpack the most commonly sited scripture verse in weddings…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

This week I challenge you to think about verse 4: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Are you patient?  Are you kind?  Are you envious? boastful? proud?

Looking in the mirror I know there is work that needs to be done in my life…

Patience?  This “fruit-of-the-spirit” –long-suffering– isn’t always present.

Kind?  There are times I say things to people I “love” that are NOT kind.  Most often it’s my words that are not kind {sometimes, the look on my face, or rolling my eyes can reveal this too!}

Envious?  This is one area of my life, thankfully, that I’m genuinely doing good at.  I am authentically happy and excited for others.  I rejoice with others in their successes and want the best for all.

Boastful?  Reflecting on this one…my desire is to share life with others, celebrate victories and exciting life happenings — not to brag, be arrogant, snotty, or egotistical.

Proud?  I bring this one to God in prayer often.  My desire is it to be humble, but I am aware that pride can sneak in when we least expect it.  I know that I. am. nothing. without God and everything with Him and because. of. Him.

That’s my honest look in the mirror as I reflect upon what L O V E is…

What does this look like in YOUR life?

Photo Credit:   Freeman Mester

AboutTeri

Teri is a writer, speaker, and sought-after personal growth expert. She enjoys running and taking pictures. Great conversations while sipping coffee and soaking up as many sunsets as she can, make her tick. She's passionate about helping others; an encourager and a cheerleader to many. Teri lives a joy-filled life deeply devoted to her husband, her two boys, and her relationship with God.
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  1. Loving ourselves, being patient and kind to ourselves…probably the most unexpected application and the most needed.. Without demonstrating these attributes towards ourselves we cannot be equipped to love others. I need to work on this so much, and what better time than the month of LOVE? = ) Beautifully spoken, friend, thank you!

    1. Teri says:

      I know Rebekah…SO often we speak these too familiar words and DO NOT realize the meaning behind them and we are not living them OUT…and I agree, we cannot love others the way God calls us too if we are not loving ourselves — it ALL starts with looking in the mirror. Ouch tho, right? =)

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  5. Michele Jean says:

    What version of the Bible is this I Cor.13:4-7 reference from? It’s a little bit different from my HCS, and the NKJ versions. I have no problem with the minor difference …was just curious.

    1. Teri says:

      It’s NIV =)

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