“Do everything in love” (I Corinthians 16:14).
But how can we do this?
Like this –
“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.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV).
This love minimizes conflict. This love is anti-rivalry. Playful rivalry between lovers makes life interesting and fun; selfish rivalry destroys love and life.
A closer look at love
- Love is patient: It is long-suffering. It restrains anger when provoked. Patience is more than passive waiting. It’s active restraint in the moment of provocation. God is patient (Romans 2:5; II Peter 3:9).
- Love is kind: It reaches out in…
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