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Love Isn't … (1)

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

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Sad to say, there are rather a lot of not very nice people out there. We like being around nice people, not the not so nice people, right? But the question is, which one of those are we? Nice … or not so nice?

There are people in this world who seem to be so confident that it borders on over-confidence; boastfulness, arrogance, even rudeness. And so often, they spend their time envying and indeed trying to get what others have, rolling over the top of anyone and everyone.

So, might I ask you, how much do you enjoy being around those people?

Envy, boastfulness, arrogance and rudeness … they’re such close bedfellows. Inevitably, where you find one, you find the others.

They’re symptoms of a world fuelled by desire; the desire to succeed, the desire to be promoted, the desire to be thought well of. There’s a whole advertising industry out there that feeds off those insecurities, telling us that if only we’ll buy whatever they happen to be peddling, then we’ll be happy.

But just stop for a moment and take a deep breath. None of those things really matter. I don’t choose my friends because of what they have, or what they’ve achieved. I choose them for who they are, for how they treat me and others. I choose them for their honesty, their decency … their love.

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

Okay, so time for you and me to look in the mirror. Because if love ain’t any of those things – not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude – we have to ask ourselves then, how much of those things do we exhibit towards those whom we claim to love?

Come on, love isn’t any of those things.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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