Most people have heard 1 Corinthians 13 at weddings and maybe a sermon at church. But it’s also a great parameter to assess our own “love” for others.
#1 – “Love Is Patient” – Am I giving others the same room to make mistakes as I want them to give me?
#2 – “Love Is Kind” – Do the people that I spend time with actually like being around me?
#3 – “It Does Not Envy” – Am I automatically jealous of anyone who has a great idea? Do I rejoice when others are rejoicing or do I wish they would be struggling like me?
#4 – ‘It Does Not Boast” – Do I feel like I always need to remind people of my previous victories? (If we are obsessed with the past, then we’re not advancing towards the future!)
#5 – “It Is Not Proud” – Do I feel that I am the only one that has all of the answers?
#6 – “It Is Not Rude” – How am I treating those who serve me? Do I treat the waiter/waitress, customer service rep., and others with the respect I would show my own family?
#7 – “It Is Not Self Seeking” – Who is this about–really?
#8 – “It Is Not Easily Angered” – Are people afraid to bring me information that is true and accurate because they know I will lose my mind and begin to yell? (Don’t shoot the mailman!)
#9 – “It Keeps No Record of Wrongs” – Do I remind people of their past failures or encourage them in their current condition?
#10 – “Love Does Not Delight in Evil but Rejoices in the Truth” – Can people be honest and open with me?
#11 – “It Always Protects” – Do I have the back of my co-workers and friends? It’s very discouraging to have a relationship with someone who demands loyalty but will not extend it.
#12 – “Always Trusts” – Do I believe others (the staff at church and my wife at home) can make day-to-day decisions without my input?
#13 – “Always Hopes” – Do I always automatically assume the worst or the best about people?
#14 – “”Always Perseveres” – Am I quick to give up on people after they make one mistake, or am I willing to teach them through it?
#15 – “Love Never Fails” – Am I failing others? Or am I loving them?