Clearly the best description of love anywhere in the world is found in 1 Corinthians 13. We are reminded that love is not merely action, but the motivation behind the action. What a difference between a nurse who cares for a difficult case out of duty and one who does it with love. The word that God uses in this passage is the love that comes from Him – agape or self-sacrificing love. It is a fruit of the Spirit of God that He implants into the heart of the believer. Therefore, if I am walking in the Spirit, this character trait will shine through my life. Sadly there are days where the best Christian is not all that loving which means that we need to run back to Christ and ask Him to restore the joy of our salvation. We have let something get between us and Him.
In this passage, Paul reminds us that love is patient and kind, which means that when I am walking the way God wants me to walk, and when I am fellowshipping with Him like I should, I will be patient and kind. Spend some time thinking about how patient and kind you are with your family and the public in general. We all want to be known for being loving, but the truth is that our actions speak louder than our words.

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