It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5
The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 is all about love. It describes love in various ways and what love does and does not do.
There are many books out there that talk about love. Love is a common subject of many stories, in books, tv shows, and movies. Yet, most of the time the love talked about is physical love. It is a selfish love, seeking self pleasure.
Although many in the world will quickly say that they love others, their actions do not match their words. People are very quick to dishonor others, both friends and enemies. Very few people are not seeking something for themselves in every relationship. People keep long lists for many years of everything done wrong to them, causing them to also be easily angered about a situation or a person.
These types of actions also occur within the church very often. Someone gets offended about a word or action and holds it against the person for many years to come. Some will fight against others in order to get their own way. Gossip will be spread about anger against a pastor or some other person in the church.
God never works or has ever worked with a self-seeking love. His love is a true love for others. He loves first and foremost, without requirements on a person.
Believers are to be like Jesus in their love for others. They are to never dishonor another person, but to lift them up and encourage one to live for God. There is to never be looking out for self alone, but to build others up and put them first as Jesus did going to the cross. Forgiveness should be high on activities done, because Jesus has forgiven each one.
Take a look at your life and see how you love others. It is easy to love those who love you, but how are you loving those who do not love you? Work to make sure your definition of love is not like that of the world. Your love should mirror what Jesus’ love is for you.
The signs of true love are that it will not dishonor anyone for any reason. It will not be self-seeking or easily angered. And it will not remember past wrongs.
I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that your love will be like that of Jesus; that your life will be one of God’s love to this world; and that you will always show God’s love to this world.