What Love Truly Is
Love is something most people, both secular and religious, hold as their highest value. Whether they do this through their actions or simply claim it by what they say, it is something that is universally held dearly. The way love is defined most often, however, stands in conflict to how the Bible and how God defines it. Tolerance, cancel culture, sexual liberation culture - all of these things demonstrate selfishness rather than love.
God's definition of love is clear. It isn't selfish. It doesn't cancel but rather forgives. The "Love Wins" mantra of tolerance culture crumbles under the truth that love cannot tolerate destruction. Love does not flaunt or objectify or lust but is completely for the other person's well-being.
Read through, meditate on, and take time to memorize 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. Take note of how love is described. How can you change the way you love others by applying this definition of love to your life?
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. -1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
After watching/listening to the video above, complete the Practice activities below to complete this module.
Love pursues, love serves, love fights, and love lasts.
Choose someone or multiple people to truly practice loving over the next 3-5 days through:
Fighting for them (in prayer, loving conflict, etc.)
Standing by them through the good and the bad