[Devotional]: What Are The Characteristics of Love?

Hi, and welcome to another devotional brought to you by Armored with Faith! How are you doing? I hope you’re well.

What a way to begin the month of February than by discussing the topic of love!

When you hear the word “love,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

Whenever I hear the word “love,” I immediately think of the Mexican restaurant that I enjoy going to. The food is hot, fresh, and yummy! On top of that, the service is incredible. Seriously, I could eat there every single day.

No, but seriously, when I hear the word “love,” I think of sacrifice. When you truly love someone, you’ll make sacrifices to make sure that you are growing with each other. If you have a spending habit that’s driving your family into debt, you will ask yourself, “Do I love spending money unnecessarily, or do I love making sure my family is taken great care of?” That’s one example.

Today, I want to discuss love and what the Bible says about it.

What Does The Bible Say About Love?

Whenever I’m confused about what love actually is, I turn to the scriptures for answers. A perfect explanation for what love is is written in 1 Corinthians 13. And it reads:

“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.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Reading that piece of scripture makes me emotional. I imagine myself as a kid craving the love described above but never receiving it. I found myself looking for that love in the wrong places and people and would be hurt. Now, as an adult, I’m well aware of what love is and what it should look like.

God demonstrates His unconditional love to us daily. Romans 5:8 states, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” To know that someone loves you unconditionally, and is ready and willing to forgive you for your sinful ways, is comforting.

God, I am thankful for the unconditional love that you show us every day!

Journaling Prompts

Grab your journal and pen/pencil, and I would like you to write down what love is according to 1 Corinthians 13. Once you’ve done that, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve written. Some questions to consider:

  • How does 1 Corinthians 13 make you feel?
  • How would you describe love?
  • What is something that stuck out to you while reading 1 Corinthians 13? Why?
  • What is God saying to you in this current moment?

Take your time as you’re doing these journaling prompts.

You Are Loved!

Let me leave you with this:

YOU ARE LOVED!

No matter what anyone has told you or how you may feel about yourself, always know that you are loved! Jesus paid the ultimate price for you by dying on the cross for your sins. Now, that is LOVE!

When you’re feeling low, and you need a bit of encouragement, read these pieces of scripture:

  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • 1 John 4:7-9
  • Romans 5:8
  • Proverbs 10:12
  • 1 Peter 4:8

Have a blessed day!

-Nieshia

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