Summary: Love is willing to undergo or endure long. It’s compassionate and generous, it’s humble, open, gentle, thinks good of others, rejoices in righteousness, open, simple child like faith, believes in the success of others, doesn’t give up, love is a survivor
Love is a Verb I Corinthians 13:4-8a
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.
Love is willing to undergo or endure long. It’s compassionate and generous, it’s humble, open, gentle, thinks good of others, rejoices in righteousness, open, simple child like faith, believes in the success of others, doesn’t give up, love is a survivor and love passes the test!
Three types of love: Philos love- brotherly love, Eros love- strong physical love and Agape - unconditional love!
Jesus told the Church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
Luke 10: 25-33 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, ‘‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’’28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.
Love has many verbs: Love is full of compassion, Love cries, Love feels, Love does, Love hurts, Love waits, Love understands, Love fights, Love believes, love holds, love calls, love writes, love listens and love will do it all again!
Jesus said in Matthew 5: 43-44"You have heard that it was said, ’Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Galatians 5:14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
When does love stop? Never, it just grows from one level to the next!
Newspaper columnist and minister George Crane tells of a woman who came into his office full of hatred toward her husband. "I do not only want to get rid of him, I want to get even. Before I divorce him, I want to hurt him as much as he has me."
Dr. Crane suggested an ingenious plan "Go home and act as if you really love your husband. Tell him how much he means to you. Praise him for every decent trait. Go out of your way to be as kind, considerate, and generous as possible. Spare no efforts to please him, to enjoy him. Make him believe you love him. After you’ve convinced him of your undying love and that you cannot live without him, then drop the bomb. Tell him that you’re getting a divorce. That will really hurt him." With revenge in her eyes, she smiled and exclaimed, "Beautiful, beautiful. Will he ever be surprised?” And she did it with enthusiasm. Acting "as if." For two months she showed love, kindness, listening, giving, reinforcing, sharing. When she didn’t return, Crane called. "Are you ready now to go through with the divorce?"