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Monday, September 18, 2017

A 1 Corinthians 13 Love

I've been thinking about love a lot lately. I think that's a given since I'm dating a pretty awesome guy, but nonetheless, love has been in my brain box for awhile.

The way it’s been on my mind may be a bit different from what you might be expecting. Awhile back, I found a story on Pinterest about a little girl who had a crush on a boy. Her mother told her to take the passage of 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 and replace the word “Love” with the boy in question’s name to see if he really was a nice kid.

"Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,
does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.
Love finds no joy in unrighteousness
but rejoices in the truth."

Now, I’m not sure if that story is true or not. But I did try this with Cody’s name, and I’m proud to say that he fits the description. He cares so much for me, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he has my best interests at heart. He makes me feel secure in our relationship, and he makes sure we talk things out if either of us has a concern. He doesn’t brag, he’s humble, he’s polite, he’s kind to others, he’s nice to everyone, and he certainly doesn’t keep tabs of any disagreements we’ve had. He loves the Lord more than anything. And he makes sure I’m happy and loved. Believe me, I feel that way and so much more.

My goal is to be a 1 Corinthians 13 girlfriend so I can reciprocate the same kind of love. It’s a daily goal, and while I’m nowhere near perfect, I can certainly strive to be the very best and have his best interests at heart as well.

It involves me doing and being the following:

  • Being patient: waiting patiently for the next time I get to see him and being strong in doing so.
  • Being kind: Giving him compliments, telling him how proud I am of him.
  • Not envying: Not sitting around coveting the time we could be spending together, but cherishing every ounce of time we do get (and savoring every moment of our relationship long-distance, like the our nightly Skype sessions and daily phone calls and texts).
  • Not boasting: Not bragging about my own accomplishments and celebrating him more instead.
  • Not being selfish: Placing his interests above my own, being there for him no matter what
  • Not being provoked: Listening to everything he has to say whenever we talk anything out, making sure that he knows he is heard and cared for
  • Not keeping a record of wrongs: Making sure communication is open to prevent arguments, and seeing the very best in him always.
  • Rejoicing in the truth: putting God first in our relationship; after all, He was the one who gave it to us.

If you’re in a relationship, try this with your significant other. If you’re not in a relationship, try this within your family or friendships. Are you loving others the way they deserved to be loved: the way Christ loves them?

I tell you what...I'm thankful for my guy, I'm thankful for all the kinds of love in my life - family, friends, my fur baby Azalea, and my church family - and I sure am thankful for a 1 Corinthians 13 love. :)

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