We are called to grow in our love. Love is the basis of every marriage and every relationship. It is easy to blame other people, but what about us? Are you growing in your love? In 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul gives a list of 15 characteristics of what love is, what love is not, and what love always does. As we study this list, put your name in each phrase. Is this who you are in your relationships? To have a thriving, godly, successful marriage today, or one day, grow deeper in your love for God and for others. Make a commitment to live in love.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4
A gift, talent, or ability, without love, will never accomplish what the Lord intends it to.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1
The right thing, with the wrong motivation, is still wrong.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2
To grow in love is to grow in selflessness.
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
To grow in arrogance is to grow in selfishness.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
To live for yourself is to live like a child.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11