The best definition of love is found in the New Testament (see: I Corinthians 13:4-8). It’s one of the most quoted Scriptures in wedding ceremonies. If you hope to practice this love expect it to require deep transformation of the natural tendency to think first of yourself. It also requires an experience of God’s love in Christ (see: Rom. 5:8; 8:38-39; Titus 3:3-6; I John 4:7-11,19).
Love (as defined here) is anti-rivalry. It’s not about comparison, competition, envy, one-up-man-ship, retaliation, gossip or vindictiveness. Life based on love is counter-cultural living in the most profound sense. It’s also a prescription for resolving relationship conflicts on all levels. It is what the world needs.
Look closely at these words:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of…
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