5 characteristics of LOVE

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What is love?
Is it just a feeling, coming and going, or is it something else?
The Bible says love is very powerful, it changes the way we live and relate to other people.

1 Corinthians 13 describes the perfect love that comes from God:

1. Love produces a good character

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 1 Corinthians 13:4

Whoever has love in his heart lives a different life. Love produces good qualities, such as patience and kindness, and takes away negative attitudes, such as envy and pride. Love transforms the heart.

2. Love is selfless

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 1 Corinthians 13:5

We can not talk about love without talking about how we relate to other people. Where there is love, there is no room for selfishness, rancor, or maltreatment. Love changes our relationships.

3. Love is fair

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 1 Corinthians 13:6

Truth is the opposite of injustice, because lying causes injustice. Those who have love do not want to see injustices committed against other people but are happy when the truth prevails. Truth does well and it frees.

4. Love gives strength

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Many things in life are difficult but love helps to overcome all. Love is a source of strength and hope in the darkest moments of life.

5. Love never perishes

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 1 Corinthians 13:8

Love is more than a feeling. The feelings change but the love continues. Love is a choice, a way of living, a power that comes directly from God. The love of God is eternal and no one can destroy it. All other things will pass away, but the love that comes from God will never end.

Thank God for your eternal love!

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Corinthians 13:13

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