Love is the Greatest Virtue

1 Corinthians 13 13

 

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

 

The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection.  But the Bible tells us that love is much more than a feeling, it’s the most important and greatest virtue of all.  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

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Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

1 Corinthians 13 5

 

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 13:5

(Love) it keeps no record of wrongs.

 

We’re not perfect and there are going to be times when we disagree or have conflict but love fights fair and it doesn’t keep score.  It doesn’t bring up the past and it doesn’t use the past to purposefully hurt each other.  Love listens before speaking, is gentle and fair.  Love tries to understand and love forgives.

Love Is Not Rude    

Luke 6 31

 

Verse of the Day: Luke 6:31

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

 

Love is not rude.   No one likes to be around a rude, impolite, ill-mannered or unpleasant person. When we’re the one being rude we may not see it as such a big deal.  Oh, but when someone is being rude to us it is a very big deal.  The bottom line is we need to treat others, especially our spouse, the way we would like to be treated, with kindness.

Love is Patient

1 Corinthians 13 4

 

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

 

No one is perfect and everyone has faults and quirks, but when we show genuine love and patience we overlook the things that frustrate and possibly even annoy us. When we are patient and kind we try our best to focus on the wonderful qualities of the people we love. Just like our heavenly Father is patient with us we should also be patient with those we love.

Avoid Negativity

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Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 3:10

Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

 

Embrace life, be kind, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. Keep your tongue from speaking foul, obscene or unwholesome words. Don’t lie or say hurtful things to anyone. Instead, speak blessings, be a blessing and you will receive a blessing. A forgiven heart is a changed heart, filled with gratitude and love. Avoid negativity by speaking positivity into your life.

The Indescribable Gift

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Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

 

What God gives us through Christ is more valuable than any other present we could ever receive on Christmas day.  Through the gift of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ our Savior we have been given the gifts of forgiveness, peace, hope, love, righteousness, redemption, joy, victory, eternal life and so much more.  Thank Him today for His indescribable gift!

Teaching by Example

Psalm 34 11

Verse of the Day: Psalm 34:11

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

 

The best gift we can give our children is to teach them to obey and follow the Lord which leads to wisdom, prosperity and a happy life. Teaching children to fear the Lord doesn’t mean they should be afraid of Him, it means they should respect Him and put Him first in their lives. Fear of the Lord requires awe, reverence, adoration, honor, worship, faith, trust, thankfulness and love.  We teach these to our children not just by word but by example. Share Jesus, the greatest gift of all, with your children.