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God’s Love Lived Out

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According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, love is …

  1. Patient – longsuffering, puts up with a lot before it suffers
  2. Kind – gentle, affectionate
  3. Not envious – at peace and contentment with others
  4. Does not boast – does not talk of themselves
  5. Not proud – humble, does not need to be heard
  6. Does not dishonor others – to esteem, show respect
  7. Not self-seeking – encourages others’ best interest
  8. Not easily angered – not edgy, but soft with others
  9. Keeps no record of wrongs – no inventory of wrongs done, everyone is a new friend every meeting
  10. Does not delight in evil – wants good, even to bad people
  11. Rejoices with the truth – honest
  12. Always protects – lit. “cover by silence,” or “keep confidential”
  13. Always trusts – believes in the good of others
  14. Always hopes – confidence in others’ future
  15. Always perseveres – continues in spite of set backs
  16. Never fails – victorious

My interpretation of these verses is, a person who lives in love does not get ruffled, but is gentle, and at peace with others’ successes.  The loving are humble, good with being in the background, and highly respecting those around them.  They help other people excel, and are not edgy but soft with others.  They treat others as if they had never done wrong.  They want every ones’ good, and they cover for their weaknesses.  It believes people want to be good, is confident in their future, and never gives up on them.

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Hope: The Quiet Expectation of Good Things

There are several words for “hope” in the Old Testament.  One of the root words for hope is “kaw-vaw.”  It is usually translated as “wait.”  “Hope” is a nice word.  “Wait” is not, especially in western society.  For us, it seems life should be done at great speed and everything done with maximum gain in mind.  So waiting is always bad.

How good are we at waiting in the doctor’s office, at a traffic light, in line at the bank, etc?  Do we get bored, frustrated, impatient?  How does this word, “kaw-vaw” connect to hope?  It also means “to expect” or “look eagerly”.  Wouldn’t it be great if anytime we had to wait, that we would turn our hearts to God and listen?  Hope then, can be defined as “the quiet expectation of good things that God wants to do in us and through us.”

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness.
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.  Psalm 33:18, 20-22

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