Monday, 23 April 2012

The Standard for Love!

Are you feeling resentful?  Are you carrying a grudge or two?  Relationships require a lot of work and if we allow these feelings to dictate, it is us and our relationships that suffer negatively.  I felt God lead me to these well known and well loved scriptures as a reminder of how to go about loving, the way Jesus does.

1 Corinth 13 v 4 - 8(a):  (The Amplified)
  • (4) 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.
  • (5) 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)
  • (6) It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness,
  • but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
  • (7) 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)
  • (8a) Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end)!

What a standard to attain to, and how does one achieve this standard?
We don't, not on our own!  The answer is:  Only God's love in us achieves this standard.  We cannot do it without Him.

My encouragement to you is don't wait for someone to dish this kind of love out to you (Jesus already did).  Start today, to dish it out to others.

God bless

Linking with these lovely ladies this week:

Joan          Jen           Jolene        Shanda          Joan          Laura        Stacy

and Hazel at:


  1. Some of my favorite verses Tracy; God makes it clear that (second only to staying in loving connection to Him) what matters most is how we love people. Love is grace renewed, and it is the number one thing that Jesus has instructed Christians to do. :)

    Loving you my friend!

  2. So true, Tracy. We have to be the one to make the first move. I have really been trying lately in a relationship. I just know that going the extra mile to do what God would have me do does help take away the resentment and negative feelings I have. I'm still working on it though :)

  3. So true yet so many times I find it so hard.

  4. Tracy - great motivating words. Thank you for the encouragement - and reminder that we were loved first by the One who will never stop loving us no matter what we do. He is our teacher as to how to love the physical folk around us. God Bless

  5. Love how you broke these verses down. Very encouraging!

  6. Perfect reminder for me. Just yesterday I was dealing with holding offense.

  7. Thanks for the encouragement to love like Jesus! In my own strength it is impossible, but with the Lord, all things are possible! I am so thankful for the strength He gives to share His love!

  8. Thank you for the reminder....your post struck a chord in my heart and I know there are some of those things lingering there that shouldn't be!!! HOPE you have a great Tuesday!

  9. Oh my goodness-- those EXACT verses are the basis of my most recent post as well---
    I absolutely love the way you tied it all to relationship.

    Excellent! Thank you so much!

  10. Seems like we always need words like these to encourage us to sweep offense out of the way and instead walk in love and forgiveness. Thank you for entering Tell me a Story today!
    You are always welcome here.

  11. Thanks for this wonderful encouragement today. I am struggling with some resentment towards someone and I know it is holding me back, from God's blessings and from peace!
    Thanks for the gentle reminder!

  12. The simple truth of each word the way you have it listen is a poignant reminder. Thank you!

  13. Amen, sweet ((((Tracy)))! And the cool thing is, when we love with Christ's love, it is His love. And His love is unlimited!

  14. We love...because He first love us. Great post, Tracy and thank you for linking up.


  15. Oh, how simply you show it and beautiful it goes in! Oh, that people who cross our paths would love like that! I needed your encouraging words today!!! Even when the world is not loving us we still need to love it!

  16. Don't wait for someone to dish out this kind of love to you, Jesus already did. Oh soooooo good Tracy! Thanks.



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