This is Love – 1 John 4:10

1 John 4:10 – This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

John hit the nail on the head when he said, “This is love.” God defined agape love in I Corinthians 13 but he demonstrated his love through Jesus.

So often today we use the word love so easily. “I love my wife” and “I really love fried chicken” have too different meanings but use the same word. I don’t love fried chicken the way I love my wife.

I believe that we have cheapened the word love because we don’t back it up with our actions. Love is a verb and requires action. You just can’t say, “I love you,” and not do anything. What good would it be if I treated my love ones with contempt all year long but I gave them a box of chocolates, some flowers, or a frilly worded card on Valentine’s Day? They would see right through it and even resent it.

So let’s take a little test today and see if you can put your love to the test. Measure yourself against the Lord and not what some other person is doing.

The “Love Test” is very simple but hopefully it will be life changing. It is based on 1 Corinthians 13 also known as the “Love Chapter” of the Bible. All you have to do is replace the word “LOVE” with “Your Name”. Let’s take the “LOVE TEST”:

“Your Name” is patient, “Your Name” is kind. “Your Name” does not envy, “Your Name” does not boast, “Your Name” is not proud. “Your Name” is not rude, “Your Name” is not self seeking, “Your Name” is not easily angered, “Your Name” keeps no record of wrongs. “Your Name” does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. “Your Name” always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. “Your Name” never fails.”

How did you do? Don’t despair. Maybe this is something you should consider working on. Beginning right now consider using this test as a measuring stick for how we are to “LOVE” others and “BE LOVED”. Below are some list of love that may help you.

Eleven Descriptions of Love:
1. Love is a commandment. (John 13:34)
2. Love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. (Rom 5:5)
3. Love is the fulfilling of the law. (Rom 13:10)
4. Love is the catalyst that gives meaning to speaking in tongues, to prophesying, to understanding, to faith, to charitable works, and to self-sacrifice. (1 Cor 13:1-3)
5. Love is kind. (1 Cor 13:4)
6. Love is greater than faith. (1 Cor 13:13)
7. Love is greater than hope. (1 Cor 13:13)
8. Love is the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22)
9. Love is the bond of perfectness. (Col 3:14)
10. Love is of God. (1 John 4:7)
11. Love is living according to God’s commandments. (2 John 6)

Ten Things which cannot Separate Us from the Love of God:
1. Death cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38)
2. Life cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38)
3. Angels cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38)
4. Principalities cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38)
5. Powers cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38)
6. Things present cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38)
7. Things to come cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38)
8. Height cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:39)
9. Depth cannot separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:39)
10. No other creature can separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:39)

Nine Things that Love Does:
1. Love suffers long. (1 Cor 13:4)
2. Love rejoices in truth. (1 Cor 13:6)
3. Love bears all things. (1 Cor 13:7)
4. Love believes all things. (1 Cor 13:7)
5. Love hopes all things. (1 Cor 13:7)
6. Love endures all things. (1 Cor 13:7)
7. Love abides now. (1 Cor 13:13)
8. Love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Pet 4:8)
9. Perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)

Three Things that Love is Not:
1. Love is not envious. (1 Cor 13:4)
2. Love is not puffed up. (1 Cor 13:4)
3. Love is not easily provoked. (1 Cor 13:5)

Seven Things that Love Does Not Do:
1. Love does not vaunt itself. (1 Cor 13:4)
2. Love does not behave unseemly. (1 Cor 13:5)
3. Love does not seek its own. (1 Cor 13:5)
4. Love thinks no evil. (1 Cor 13:5)
5. Love does not rejoice in iniquity. (1 Cor 13:6)
6. Love never fails. (1 Cor 13:8)
7. Love works no ill to his neighbor. (Romans 13:10)

Dear God, Thank you for loving me and demonstrating your love for me. Help me to love others with the kind of love you have shown to me. Let me offer grace and forgiveness instead of being judgmental and unkind with my words. Help me to demonstrate my love for others in my actions each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Source: Some items are taken from Meredith’s Big Book of Bible Lists

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