“Three things will last forever –faith, hope and love –and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
The Bible says that God is love, not just that God loves, but that He is love. “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8 (NLT) His love is unlike the love that the world offers. When Paul described love as the most excellent way, he gave us specific characteristics of God’s love that sets it apart from any other love we have known. Each characteristic is an attribute of God Himself, for God is love. Let’s consider them with the expectation of experiencing this love in our own lives and relationships as we experience God.
- “Love is patient and kind.”
- “Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.”
- “Love does not demand its own way.”
- “Love is not irritable.”
- “Love keeps no record of being wronged.”
- “Love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.”
- “Love never gives up, never loses faith.”
- “Love is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.”
Is it any wonder that he says love is the most excellent way to live life? We can have great ability, power, fame or fortune, but without love it matters little. God made us to love us, and only through Him do we have the capacity to love. On our own, we could never experience this kind of love much less produce it. But God offers us hope! “And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us His Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” Romans 5:5 (NLT)
Ask God to fill your heart today with His love until these eight characteristics are descriptive of your love as well.