KEY SCRIPTURE: 1st Corinthians 13:13 “For there abides faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”.
The book of 1st Corinthians 13 gives us a clear picture as to how love functions and what it really is. The New Living Translation 1st Corinth 13 verse 4b reads “Love is not jealous or boastful or proud”.
Love is not jealous: Jealousy is the child of selfishness. It does not rejoice about the success or privileges of others, but rather anticipates that, that good thing happening to brother A or sister B should have rather happened to him or her. Love has nothing to do with such things, love rather seeks the well-being of that second party.
Jealousy can kill you or make you kill. Jealousy would give a big door way to a devil to invade your life.
Love is also not boastful. Boasting is not just expressing how well your efforts has achieved or rewarded you so well, but also suggests that the second party does not have anything to show ,has failed and incompetent.
Boasting, cast a bad picture on the second party before whom the boasting is expressed. This is intended to inflict some level of emotional pain. The one doing it, may be aware of this or not yet it has the ability to inflict such pains on the individual listening to this kind of boasting. Love does not do that. Love is very thoughtful about the feelings of the second party and would not act in any way to put that person down.
Verse 5a “Love is not rude”: To be rude is to ignore all courtesies. It also means to be impolite. This happens both in words and actions. Many good relations are destroyed by such rudeness or offensive behavior. You can’t say you love your wife or husband and then be disrespectful to her, or him. Rudeness is at the height of casting away love.
Love is not rude. Love has the good of the second party very high on his agenda. Be thoughtful about your manners. Ask yourself what is the effect of these words on the emotion, image of my brother or sister. If it doesn’t fit well don’t use it.
I am filled with love and would not destroy the emotion or image of my neighbor with the way I talk or act. My words are seasoned with salt and they would always bless lift and encourage others.
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man”.
James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”: