Among all the gifts I have shared with you, none is greater than love. Love is the greatest gift of all. And every person has the ability or capability to love because you were made in the likeness and image of God, meaning you are like God in all your form. There are some characteristics that love embodies, that I want to share with you today, for I believe this will change your life.
Qualities of Love (This is a love test!)
“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, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
How do you guard the greatest gift of all?
That means, if you were impatient, even for a moment it was not love. If you were boastful or had a proud look over someone it was not love. If you were self-seeking it was not love, If you were easily angered even in a moment, that wasn’t love. If you were not truthful to the other, it wasn’t love. If it did not protect the other’s heart or did not trust always it wasn’t loving, if there was no more hope, love had checked out the window, and if it did not persevere it wasn’t love.
If it failed it wasn’t love. Are you really loving? Or are you really in love? Are your decisions led by love? Is love a big part of your life, because we are told it is the greatest gift you can ever have. “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13″
‘Love never fails. As you do your part in life, always incorporate spiritual love. Love from the heart. Anything done with love will last forever because the spirit of God will carry it beyond your lifetime and into new generations after your own. The Bible says, ‘Love never fails’ as for all other things. Prophecies, healings, charitable causes, and every other thing you may think of doing. When these are empty of God’s kind of love. They are empty. When you die, you die with your achievements, because they were empty of real love. The impact of it will last only for your lifetime.
God intended your life to be eternal. Including your works. Spiritual love makes them eternal. The Bible says God is Love. When you love with the God kind of love. God remains in what you do when you are long gone and his holy spirit carries it forth without end. Work that embodies your true spiritual love makes an amazing and transforming impact.
Anything you do with God in it, through love from your heart is spiritual and eternal and unfailing. It always stands the test of time (it does not give up). However, it has to pass the love test I gave you above!!
Actions of Love
Just as you walk by faith today, walk also in love. God’s word is full of it. A life with God drenches with it. The world walks by sight, and so do they walk in mental love. Listen sex is not a sign or determinant of love, abuse of any kind is not a sign of love, anger is not a sign of love, impatient decisions with someone is not a sign of love, physical touch is not a sign of love, if it did not endure even a painful moment with someone, it’s not love because love endures all things, and that really means everything.
I am just giving you random examples here. There’s a lot out there that is coined love that is not.
To walk in that love or for love to have its greatest meaning in you, believe in Jesus Christ from the heart, and confess your belief in Him from the heart, daily. As you do, His love will endow itself in you and produce a sweet aroma that even your enemies will not be able to resist. We know how to love because God is love. without Jesus, you are doomed to fail at love 99%. The strength of love comes from God 24/7.
Such is the love that comes from the heart. It not only says, but I also Love You. And I Love You too. It shows I Love You and I Love you too. Why? And How?? 1 John 3:18-20 “Beloved, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
Choices of Love
That means love chooses also. It chooses to be all the qualities above, chooses to act right, and it chooses not to fail. Don’t be quick to choose based on how you feel. I’m sure from today, you can love better than before. Guard your gifts!