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10/08/2013

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Qualities Of Love


"Love is patient, love is kind" (1 Cor.13:4).

In 1894, a Scottish writer/preacher, Henry Drummond, wrote and delivered a sermon entitled The Greatest Thing In The World. It is a very famous bit of writing and appeals to me on a religious and scientific level. He compares love to ROY G BIV. Some of you may remember back to your days as a student in science class. If so, you may also remember ROY G BIV as the acronym for the seven different colors of the visible spectrum of light. It is what a rainbow consists of when the sun shines through some falling rain. You may remember your science teacher using a prism to form that lovely spectrum. Each color has a slightly different frequency of vibration, starting with red as the slowest, and purple as the fastest. In his sermon, Drummond compared the apostle Paul's description of love in 1 Corinthians 13, to the way that a prism breaks up light into it's component parts, the colors of visible light. Paul does just that with the qualities of love. He starts out with today's verse in which he says that love is patient, love is kind.... He follows these two positive traits with three negative ones. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not rude... Each term, in it's description of love, adds a different hue to that description. In patience we are able to give the benefit of the doubt when we encounter weaknesses. When some irritation or carelessness acts as a thorn to a believer, they are able to counteract it with kindness. It may consist of small acts (RAK) like a smile, the opening of a door, or a thank you/please attitude. It becomes a bigger trait when we overlook slights or offensive remarks of others. When Paul speaks about envy and boasting, he lets us know that in love a person is not wrapped up in him or herself, and that love is oriented to others... Paul wants us to make sure that love is not used a a coat to excuse bad human behavior. People may claim that they did a bad thing, but did it because of love, so Paul takes the positive traits and refines them with the negative ones. There is so much to say about love, and I only have so much space. Lets continue this tomorrow. It might be good for us to read 1 Corinthians 13 today, and spend some time meditating upon it...

Have a great day... Do good... Its the right thing to do... Love mark Phil.4:11

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