As you reflect on these qualities of love from 1 Corinthians 13, ask the Lord to show you how your love measures up to His.

 

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up  (1 Corinthians 13:4).

  • Are you patient when people inconvenience or bother you?

  • Are you kind with your tongue, using well-chosen words to encourage others?

  • Are you genuinely glad when someone else is promoted, gets a raise, or is recognized-and you are overlooked?

  • Are you content with the basic necessities of life and a right relationship with God?

  • Do you boast about your abilities, gifts, accomplishments, or possessions?

  • Are you content to do good works without recognition or praise?

  • Do you harbor a spirit of pride-an inflated view of yourself?

 

Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil (v. 5).

  • Do you have good manners?

  • Do you use sarcasm or put-downs that show disrespect?

  • Do you consciously look out for the welfare of others above your own?

  • Do you fly off the handle or blow up when "crossed?"

  • Are you often touchy or thin-skinned?

  • Do you keep track of others' offenses or hold a grudge?

  • Do you focus on people's quirks and weaknesses instead of their strengths?

 

LOVE does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth (v. 6).

  • Do you love righteousness? Do you hate evil?

  • Are you grieved when you or another believer sins?

  • Do you welcome others sharing the truth with you about your life and needs?

  • Do you rejoice when truth triumphs? When people turn to God and change?

 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (v. 7).

  • Are you willing to endure hardships for the sake of others without complaining?

  • Have you learned to patiently trust God through the darkest circumstances of life?

  • Do you assume positively on people, giving them the benefit of the doubt?

  • Have you given up on God's ability to change certain people?

  • Does your love remain strong through testing, even when faced with humanly insurmountable obstacles?

  • Do you keep loving, even when your efforts are rejected or seem unsuccessful?

 

Let the love of Christ be the measure of your love!

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Excerpted from How's Your Love Life? by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Copyright © 2001. Used by permission of Life Action Ministries, Buchanan, Michigan. Nancy Leigh DeMoss is an author, conference speaker, and host of Revive Our Hearts, a daily radio program for women heard on over 240 stations nationwide. To order copies of this booklet, or for additional information, contact: www.ReviveOurHearts.com.