Love is a matter of choice and love is a matter of conduct but the real key is to act like love acts
So the question is, "How is it supposed to act?" And "Who gets to tell us how it's supposed to act?"
Hollywood? For most of our lives that's who has been telling us. Hollywood's idea of how love is supposed to act ranges from sentimental to cynical to sexual.
Sentimental – Love means never having to say you're sorry.
Sexual – pick any of 100 movies, unfortunately.
But that's not love. I don't want to let Hollywood define how love acts. Fortunately, I don't have to. Fortunately, the GOD who thought all of this up in the first place, WHO made us to be loving people, the GOD who is Love, HE tells us how love acts.
And I Corinthians 13 is the definition of how love acts. These verses are often read at weddings – it's called the Love Chapter sometimes. It telsl us here’s how love acts: "Love is kind, patient, isn't jealous, doesn't brag, is not arrogant, doesn't act unbecomingly and is not provoked." It gives us this list of how love acts.
I want us to take this list and let it help us evaluate how healthy are our relationships – our marriage relationship, our relationship with our parents or with our kids or with our friends. How healthy are our relationships?
Just a thought from the front porch…