How to recognise true love.

Wednesday 12th January 2011

How many times have you said, ‘I love you’? How many times have those words been said to you?

I am certain that every day, those three special words can be heard around the world- in different countries, in different languages, between family members, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends and between friends… not to mention in movies, songs and TV shows.

I find it interesting, however, that for the amount of times people say these words, the biggest source of emotional pain and heartache is ‘love gone wrong.’ Relationships break up, brothers and sisters fight, marriages end in divorce, friends let each other down… Indeed, it’s easy to say you love someone but much harder to prove it with your actions.

The bible teaches us about TRUE LOVE- the type of love that ‘never fails.‘ 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 gives us a checklist to help us recognise if we are truly loving someone or if someone is truly loving us…

‘Love is very patient and kind, never jealous and envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and easily forgives. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices when truth wins out.’

How does this description of true love compare to how you love others and how others love you? Take some time to think about this description of true love and ask yourself what you need to do to improve the relationships in your life.

After all, people don’t recognise true love by simply hearing those three words- they recognise it by your actions.


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