Love Is Not Easily Angered, It Keeps No Record Of Wrongs

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Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Revd. Canon Arthur Houston

Love is not just about feelings!

In the new Bible, love is not primarily a feeling but an action. We live in an age that honours personal feelings above almost everything. We do what we want when we want to because we ‘feel’ like it. And if we don’t ‘feel’ like it, we don’t do it. But as I survey 1 Corinthians 13, I am struck by the complete absence of any stress on personal feelings. The kind of love Paul is talking about is seen and experienced and demonstrated. While it may start in a feeling of compassion or pity, it never ends there.

Love is not just about our feelings. It isn’t sappy or over-romantic. Nor is it about being clever and manipulative. Rather, real love takes us to the max – beyond our self-interests.

In this part of the letter Paul tackles such everyday practical issues such as rudeness, self-seeking, anger and holding grudges. These are as relevant to our lives today as ever they have been.

What do we do about them and how, how can practical love help us live better?

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