Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. I Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV
Not only do we know how to recognize love, we know that in the absence of love--hate reigns and consumes and devours–eats away desire for compassion, common sense and logic and drowns the soul in bile and venom; hate blinds to truth and integrity and hope.
Love attempts to see the best in everyone and ignites hope in the hopeless, not despair.
Love soothes hurt feelings and seeks forgiveness for any perceived wrongs committed against others.
Love is consumed with doing what is best for all people.
Love is considerate and patient--does push itself on people, but waits for acceptance and even when love is not returned, love keeps loving.
Love does not brag about self, but will boast about the accomplishments of others and credit all their own achievements to God who led them in all they do.
Love embraces wisdom from God and knows all good things come from Him.
Love is thoughtful and disciplined; it is not thin-skinned and easily angered.
In the absence of love–hate opens doors for evil to walk in and then is amazed that they too are ensconced in the evil planned for others.
In the absence of love–self is the center of attention and no one else matters for no one else is considered worthy.
In the absence of love–one thinks their brain is so great they don’t need to listen to anyone else and certainly not God.
In the absence of love–hunger for power to destroy exists and delights in hurting others.
In the absence of love–there is no hope; only despair, hatred, and bigotry and fear.
In the absence of love–there is no light to see truth, only darkness.
In the absence of love–hate–like a fungus grows in the dark places–the voids where love should be–waiting for someone to take the first bite and be poisoned for life.
LOVE never fails! Perfect love–the ability to love all unconditionally–casts aside fear and embraces truth, honor, integrity.
When we know how to recognize love and know by what we see and hear when love is absent, we know who has received the love of God into their hearts and who has not.
Lord Jesus, pour out–in abundance–more love from on high; fill our hearts to overflowing so we will have more than enough to share with others in all we do and will know how to resist the evil from without, never giving any place in our hearts for hate to exist. Remove the scales from the eyes of those blinded by bitterness, despair and hopelessness and fill them with the joy of The Lord, restoring hope and trust in You!