“Love Is…”

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Regarding this verse, Paul David Tripp comments, “When we forget how we have been loved, it becomes even easier to be comfortable with a failure to love others.”

I could stop here.

(The crowd cheers…)

But I want to take a “Tripp” through his article—slicing and dicing “23 Things that Love Is.” But be forewarned: after I read it, **I** felt sliced and diced.

{Below is an abridged bullet list; for the full content please visit paultripp.com }

LOVE IS…

Willing to have life complicated

…Without impatience

Not critical or judgmental

Encouraging and praising

Resists pointing out minor offenses

Lovingly honest

Humbly approachable

Committed to unity and love

Not concerned with being right

Admitting sin, weakness, failure

Not blame-shifting

Self-examining when confronted

Not defensive

Growing in selflessness, patience, and maturity

Not willing to do wrong when wronged

Looking to overcome evil with good

Looking for the other’s needs

Supportive of another’s burden

Investing time to discuss and understand problems

Diligent to stay on task until solution or strategy

Asking forgiveness

Granting forgiveness

Trusting

Faithful to promises

True to one’s word

Speaking kindly even in disagreement

Refusing to attack another’s character

Refusing to assault another’s intelligence

Unwilling to flatter, lie, manipulate, or deceive

Does not expect another to be the source of identity or purpose

…Refusing to be the source of another’s

Willing to have less relaxation and free time

Saying No to selfish instincts

Promoting unity, understanding, and active love

Appreciating, respecting, and gracious

…even when the other does not deserve or reciprocate

Making regular and costly sacrifices—no strings attached

Unwilling to make a personal decision that weakens the bond

Refusing to be self-focused or demanding

Looking for ways to serve, support, and encourage

Daily admitting to yourself, the other person, and God that you are not able to love this way

…without God’s protecting, providing, forgiving, rescuing, and delivering grace.

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2 Responses to “Love Is…”

  1. jpingraham says:

    Love you sister a great blog

  2. themamaduck says:

    This is so so good! I know the Lord still has a lot of work to do on me! I’m so very grateful for His loving grace and mercy. I missed getting to talk to you…continuing to remember you and Bama and the family in my prayers. Much love to you my dear dear sister…

    Sent from my iPhone

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