Monthly faith-related submission deals with Biblical love

Bible Truths is a regular submitted feature of the Castlegar News

Pastor Tom Kline

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” – I Corinthians 13:4-7

Since Valentine’s Day is this month, I decided to write on the subject of love. There is no shortage of Scriptures on love and no one is more qualified to speak on the subject than God for we are told that “God is love” (I John 4:8).

Frankly, the world seems rather inept to give us a true explanation of what real love is.

Therefore, we turn to the Bible for an accurate view of what love is like and 1 Corinthians 13 is a chapter entirely given to the subject.

Notice first, that the word love is not used but rather “charity.” Some translations prefer the word love but I like this rendering for it conveys the idea of giving.

You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. Notice how the verses above describe love.

Love is long-suffering.

Whenever we act impatiently toward another we have ceased to act in love.

Love is kind. This is the counterpart of patient – patience takes anything from others, kindness will give anything to others.

Love is not envious. There are two levels of jealousy. One says, “I want what they have”- the other says, “If I can’t have it, I wish they didn’t have it.”

Both are unloving. Love does not vaunt itself, in other words it doesn’t brag. This is the other side of jealousy – trying to make others jealous of what we have. Love is not puffed up; it is not arrogant.

Arrogance is big headed, love is big hearted.

Love doesn’t behave unseemly or rudely.

When I am rude towards someone I am saying I don’t love them.

Love does not seek her own; it is not selfish. Love is not easily provoked. It guards against being irritated, upset or angered.

Love thinketh no evil.

The idea of this phrase in the Greek is to keep account of wrongs suffered.

If you keep track of these you’re sure to quench love. Love doesn’t rejoice over evil; it is not suspicious or cynical, but gives the benefit of the doubt. Even when belief in a loved one is shattered, love still hopes. Love holds fast, it refuses to stop bearing or stop believing, or stop hoping. Love doesn’t give up!

I want you to know that Jesus loves you more than you can imagine and He can teach us to love each other.

May God richly bless you and may you rejoice in the love He has for you.

Just Posted

Choir leader’s selfless work wins her Castlegar Citizen of the Year

Christina Nolan has grown the community choir into a strong and vibrant asset for the city

Police investigating man’s death in Winlaw

Foul play not established, but major crimes unit is investigating

Grand Forks woman assaulted in home invasion

The incident took place Wednesday morning

Bilingual child care spaces coming to Castlegar

New daycare opening this summer will teach kids French and English

PLACE NAMES: Cottonwood Creek and Lake

Would you believe they’re not named after the tree species?

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

B.C. woman left ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Grand Forks woman assaulted in home invasion

The incident took place Wednesday morning

Kootenay youth substance use trending downward: survey

A bi-annual survey distributed to regional schools shows that youth substance use is decreasing

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Most Read