Characteristics of God’s Love
We have been looking at the topic of God’s Love for 10 weeks now. The Holy Spirit won’t let me move on.
See, Love is NOT something God has or something God does. LOVE IS WHO GOD IS!
This is why there is so much in the Bible about Love. Because God IS LOVE!
I believe I will be teaching on God’s Love from now until the end of the year.
What we will do for the next few messages is look at 1st Corinthians Chapter 13.
I am going to read for you verses 4-8 from the Amplified Bible:
“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].”
There are actually 20 characteristics of God’s Love in those 5 verses.
1: Love Endures Long
2: Love is Patient
3: Love is Kind
4: Love is not Envious
5: Love is not Boastful or Vainglorious
7: Love is not conceited
8: Love is not rude
9: Love does not act unbecomingly
10: Love does not insist on its own way
11: Love is not self-seeking
12: Love is not touchy or fretful or resentful
13: Love takes no account of the evil done to it
14: Love does not rejoice at injustice
15: Love rejoices when right and truth prevail
16: Love bears up under anything and everything
17: Love is ever ready to believe the best
18: Love’s hopes are fadeless under all circumstances
19: Love endures everything [without weakening]
20: Love never fails
We will look at all 20 of these in the weeks to come. For today, I will only cover the first:
Love Endures Long
Simply put, love does not give up easily.
When you truly love someone you are able to look beyond faults, flaws, and failures and love still them.
In this message I look at the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31).
I believe the message is going to be a blessing to you.
Get Inspired to allow the love of God to help you get past the disappointments and mistakes caused by others.
Get Inspired to walk in love so you will not hold grudges, nor focus on the bad that was done to you.
Get Inspired to be QUICK to forgive and to move forward so you don’t live in the past!
God’s LOVE ENDURES LONG!
God’s LOVE IS IN YOU!
So Get Inspired to ENDURE LONG with those in your life!
Until next week….