Love Defined: The Shocking Truth about Love

What's Love got to do with it (singing in my Tina Turner voice)? The answer: everything. Love is one of the most sought-after attributes that pretty much human being on the planet desires at some point in their lives. The truth about Love, over time, has been morphed, distorted, and reduced to a fleeting emotion. So, what's the big deal? Everything. Love is far more than just a score in a tennis match, and ending to the letter, or an "affectionate greeting conveyed on someone's behalf." In this post, Love Defined: The Shocking Truth about Love we will learn the truth about what Love is and should be. Specifically, we will the Bible to help us understand what Love is.

The Use of "Love" in language…

·   The English language has only one word for Love that encompasses numerous uses/meanings.
o  The lack of clarity of the "type" of Love could lead to confusion. 
·   The Greek language has multiple words for Love:
o  Agape- self-sacrificing Love for people.
o  Philos: generic form of Love, used for family and friends.
o  Eros- sensual or erotic Love, generally used in a romantic sense.

What does the Bible Teach about Love?

"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 13:1-7 NIV

Love is Patient

·   Patience: means long tempered and describes those who suffer long when provoked.
·   "Love that is long tempered or long-suffering has self-restraint when provoked."
·   Love is the purest form of patience. It is especially evident in those who exercise restraint when being wronged, irritated, or provoked. Furthermore, it demonstrates significant strength while highlighting a believer's understanding of the dangers of retaliation (retaliation is sinful and reserved for God).

Love is Kind

·   Kindness is an action not based solely on being "nice" or having good manners.
·   The act of kindness does something useful or enjoyable to those who may have wronged them.
·   Love that yields kindness for others denotes strength and maturity in one's faith.
·   Believers often misinterpret that the act of kindness as a weakness or a sign of cowardice.

Love is not Jealous (envious).

·   Jealousy is wanting what someone has or resenting someone for what they have.
·   Those who are jealous aren't happy about what others have. Love rejoices in others success, talent, and beauty.

Love is not Boasting.

·   Boasting is defined as verbalized (spoken) pride.
·   Boasting is a pride issue that can be destructive and provoke jealousy from others.
·   Boasting or flaunting says, "I want you to know _______ about me." Love says, "I want to learn _______ about you."
*Pro Tip: When the motive to talk to someone is to make ourselves look good, or somebody else look bad, do not say anything at all.

Love is not Arrogant.

·   Arrogance is internal pride, or not boasting outwardly.
·   The root of the issue with arrogance, is pride
·   An arrogant individual says to themself, "I am better than you." Love says, "you are better than me."

Love does not act Unbecomingly.

·   To act unbecomingly is to behave rudely.
·   Love always exhibits proper decorum when relating to others.
·   Love behaves appropriately, regardless of who you are.
·   Jesus was not rude with sinful people, but gracious and kind.
"Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10 NIV

Love does not seek its own

·   Not stuck on self and its interests, it should in the benefit of others
·   Classic example: "get mine attitude." Being hurt and taken advantage of is not an excuse.
·   If Jesus had the get 'mine' attitude, he wouldn't have died on the cross for us.

Love is not provoked.

·   Provoked: upset, irritated, or angry.
·   Love does not get angry with others. It does not mean that things do not stimulate sensitivities and evoke emotional responses. Our response to being provoked should reflect Jesus.
·   The spirit indwelling in believers can deliver us and help us overcome anything.

Love never keeps a record of wrongdoings endured.

·   Love does not take into account a wrong suffering by others.
·   Forgiveness is a strong representation of Love.
·   It is impossible to live a liberated life in Christ with detailed and lengthy accounts of wrongdoing suffered by the hands of others.

In Summary:

Love Defined: The Shocking Truth about Love reveals:
·   Love is an observable action towards someone else and not solely for self.
·   Love in the Bible is not sexual and not romantic.
·   Nothing we do matters if Love is not the motivating force.
·   Love has supremacy over all things.
Be Blessed, Friends.

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