Transformation: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) [ESV]
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) [ESV]
“I (God) have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued
my faithfulness to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3) [ESV]
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12) [ESV]
Four Choices That Will Change The Way You Think About Love:
1. Lasting love extends grace.
“… Love bears all things …” (1 Corinthians 13:7a)
• When their flaws and their faults irritate you.
“As a prisoner of the Lord, I beg you to live in a way that is worthy of the people God has chosen to be his own. Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other.” (Ephesians 4:1-2) [CEV]
• When their words or actions hurt you.
“Love forgets mistakes. Nagging about them parts the best of friends.” (Proverbs 17:9) [TLB]
• When they sin.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) [ESV]
2. Lasting love expresses faith.
“… Love … believes all things …” (1 Corinthians 13:7b) [ESV]
What do you do when you can’t trust your spouse? You trust God!
“Trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is your protection!” (Psalm 62:8) [NCV]
3. Lasting love expects the best.
“… Love … hopes all things …” (1 Corinthians 13:7c) [ESV]
“Encourage each other and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) [NLT]
4. Lasting love endures even the worst things!
“… Love … endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:17d)