Love is patient: it waits, it stills, it quiets before speaking.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Love is kind: it coats its words in gentleness, extending the hand of graciousness to every person, deservedly or not.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Love does not envy: it finds contentment in today, rejoices with others who have what it wants for itself.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
I Timothy 6:6
Love does not boast: it brings nothing but the cross, it is built of humility and the knowledge that it is only a steward.
As it is written,
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
I Corinthians 1:31
Love is not arrogant: it assumes the best of everyone, deserved or not, never stops learning & is patient while others learn too.
I say to everyone among you not to think of himself
more highly than he ought to think.
Love is not rude: love holds its tongue when there is an opportunity to best or beat another with words.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
Love doesn’t insist on its own way: it shows the best way is the way to the cross through the cross.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Love is not irritable: it doesn’t get annoyed, pissed, frustrated, or angry. It is not “owed” anything.
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
Love is not resentful: it keeps no record of wrongs, when disappointed by someone, it forgives quickly, generously.
If one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing: it weeps at the sight of brokenness, dissension, disunity, and gossip.
You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people,
and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
Love rejoices with the truth: it drops everything and sells everything to find truth instead of relying on what meets the eye.
The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
who, on finding one pearl of great value,
went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Love bears all things: it upholds the weight others can’t hold, defending the defenseless and turning the other cheek.
But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek,
turn to him the other also.
Love believes all things: it errs on the side of trust, not in man, but in God.
And those who know your name put their trust in you.
Love hopes all things: it never stops hoping for the resolution and reconciliation of all things under heaven.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
II Corinthians 5:18
Love endures all things: it holds up for the sake of the gospel, enduring persecution, gossip, slander, & injustice.
May the God of endurance and encouragement
grant you to live in such harmony with one another,
in accord with Christ Jesus.
Love never ends: it wakes up every day determined to do it all over again.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
This is a series of tweets I wrote today based from I Corinthians 13. Mostly I was preaching to myself, but thought they might encourage some others.