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    Love is Not Rude

    I believe rudeness is becoming an epidemic in the world today – or at least in America. I can’t speak for the rest of the world because I haven’t been there yet. The South has always been said to be one of the friendliest parts of the United States, and some people are, but most of the people I see and observe are rude. In my opinion (through observation and lots of thought), it’s because self-centeredness truly is an epidemic. As a species, humans are incredibly selfish. Certainly, we can have moments of selflessness, and some are more or less selfish than others. For example, my husband Justin is far less…

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    Love is Not Proud

    In 1 Corinthians 13, the Bible says that love is not proud. What is pride? Webster’s defines it as “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” That doesn’t sound too bad. So, is pride really such a bad thing? Let’s look at God’s Word. What does Scripture say about pride? Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psalm 10:4) When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but…

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    Love Does Not Boast

    Today I am continuing my love series from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, does not boast, is not proud. It is not rude, 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.” Love Does Not Boast First of all, what even is boasting? Well, according to Webster’s dictionary a boast is defined as to “talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities.” What does that look like in our lives?…

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    Love Does Not Envy

    Today’s post is a continuation of my previous series on love, based off 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Today is about how love does not envy. Here are the Scriptures again, in case you need a refresher. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Honestly, I’ve written about love many times over the years using these exact verses. In…

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    Love is Kind

    I think all of us want to think of ourselves as kind people. I love animals and I would never hurt one – that makes me kind, right? I feel bad for people (empathize or sympathize) when I see someone hurting, someone homeless, someone hungry. It hurts my heart to hear that anyone is in pain, anyone sick. I want to feed all the people, help all the animals, give all the children loving parents, etc. That’s all great. I’m sure most of you are like that too. The problem is, I don’t actually do any of those things. I’m not volunteering my time because I’m so focused on surviving…

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    The Power of Love

    The Power of Love Long before I got married, I have loved 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. For those of you who may not remember it entirely, here it is from the ESV: 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. I don’t know how many times I’ve studied these verses. At least to the point where I’ve memorized them. But memorizing Scripture doesn’t mean it’s in your heart. It doesn’t mean you’re living…

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