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1 Corinthians 13: 3-7      (The Message Bible)

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love is the bottom line. God is love and the only way that we are truly going to reflect the image of Christ and become like Him as we say we wish to, is to major on love. We must arrest ourselves when we feel ourselves acting in a way that is inconsistent with the above text. We should repent when we find that we have contravened any of the guiding principles we see in this passage. Only then can we begin to turn ourselves to a life that is governed by the rule of love. This is no small task. Rather it is likely the most difficult journey any of us will ever make. Yet because we love the Lord, we will strive to be like Him in this most vital way. Because He first loved us, we are willing, and even desire to walk a life of love for His name’s sake.

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