L O V E
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 NIV
In the 1st sentence we find out exactly what the main characteristics of love are: Patient & Kind! Then we are told exactly what love IS NOT. Now in all its description of LOVE we see no EMOTIONS mentioned. Yet what we see is the fact that each to produce or show forth the two things love is: Patient & Kind, we will FIGHT a spiritual battle daily, hour by hour, to grow(mature) in order to NOT DISPLAY the things that LOVE IS NOT! Spirit of envy, selfishness, pride, arrogance, rude, unforgiveness, reminding people of their wrongs, delighting in evil(lies), but making sure it rejoices in the #TRUTH. And LOVE ALWAYS DOES THESE 3 things: TRUSTS, HOPES, & PERSEVERES. Because simply LOVE NEVER FAILS. It's not LOVE that's complicated, or love that changes, it's us. We attempt to give love all of these definitions based off our emotions at the time yet the foundation of love is not created from our soul(Our mind will emotions) God is Love! Which makes LOVE SPIRITUAL! You will never understand Love trying to define it by the worlds view, or by your emotions that are unstable at best...well at least until you understand verse 11! It's not EASY! Yet remember always the battle is spiritual so you need the undefeated weapon..The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Remember the WORD is what sustains us, it's our food!