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Do You pass the love Test?

 

Love is not love unless it is demonstrated, manifested,  exemplified, or revealed in some way.

1 John 4:9 - "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him."

Everyone is familiar with the Love Chapter of the Bible - 1 Corinthians 13.

Let's use the verses in this chapter to construct a test to see where we stand in our walk with the Lord. Do we truly know God as we confess that we do? Do we love Him with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength? It will be evident by how we treat others -

1. "Charity suffereth long."

Are you slow to anger? Are you patient toward others?

Do you bear long with their weaknesses, ignorance, errors, and infirmities?

Do you put up with the slights and neglects of others without being easily hurt and offended?

Do you bear long with injuries and evil oppression from others?

Or are you inclined to show forth resentment, anger, and revenge?

 

2. "Charity...is kind."

Are you tender, compassionate, and affectionate? Do you have a mild and gentle disposition?  Are you generally a courteous and polite person?  Do you desire to do good to others?  Do you seek to be useful unto others?  Do you desire to promote the happiness of those around you? Or are you harsh, severe, sour, moody, ill-natured, unkind, and revengeful?

3. "Charity envieth not."

Do you rejoice at the happiness, prosperity, excellence, honor, good reputation, comfort, privileges, and spiritual blessings enjoyed by others?

Or are you grieved at their good fortune?

Does it bother you when others have greater wealth, beauty, learning, accomplishments, and success in life than you do? Does it make you feel uneasy and discontent with your own condition?

 

4. "Charity vaunteth not itself."

Do you desire that God would be all in all?   Do you regard others with esteem?  Or do you desire to be noticed and applauded?  Do you have a superior attitude toward others?   Do you have feelings of contempt, scorn, and disregard for a certain person or a group of people?  Are you always boasting and bragging about your accomplishments, talents, and gifts?   Are you bloated with self-conceit?

 

5. "Charity...is not puffed up."

Are you humble. meek, modest, and unobtrusive in your relations with others?  Or are you inflated with a sense of your own importance due to your position, knowledge, social status, etc.?

 

6. "Charity...doth not behave itself unseemly."

Do you conduct yourself properly and gracefully at all times and in every place?  Or are you rude, coarse, and vulgar at times?  Do you avoid all profane language that would offend others?  Do you steer clear of double meanings and innuendos, coarse and vulgar expressions, and improper allusions?   Do you respect your elders and show them proper regard?

 

7. "Charity...seeketh not her own."

Do you look for every opportunity to do good unto others?  Do you seek other people's happiness and welfare, even if it requires sacrifice and self-denial on your part?  Or are you generally selfish and always looking out for "Me, Me, Me"?

 

8. "Charity...is not easily provoked."

Are you calm, serious, patient with your passions governed and your temper restrained?  Or are you irritated over the slightest thing that goes wrong?  Are you hasty, excitable, constantly exasperated, and easily roused to anger?

 

9. "Charity...thinketh no evil."

Do you always think good of others? Or are you malicious, revengeful, censorious, disposed to find fault, and charge improper intentions to their actions?

 

10. "Charity...rejoiceth not in iniquity."

How do you react when you hear the news that someone has failed, is accused or found guilty of Sin, or brings disgrace and ruin to his or her life?

Suppose it is an enemy of yours? Do you rejoice that your persecutor is getting what he rightfully deserves?

 

11. "Charity...rejoiceth in the truth."

Is your life filled with virtue, piety, and goodness?  Do you rejoice to see that others are doing well or growing spiritually?

Do you rejoice to see the Truth of the Gospel going forth no matter whom God uses - male or female, black or white, rich or poor, educated or not educated, ordained or not ordained, whichever church or denomination, etc.?

 

12. "Charity...beareth all things."

This word "beareth" means a covering or a roof. It means to hide or conceal something so as not to make it known. In this respect, do you seek to hide and conceal the faults and imperfections of others? Or do you broadcast them for all to hear and know?

This Scripture can also have the meaning of forbearing or enduring other's errors and faults.

Do you bear patiently with the weaknesses in character in your brethren? Do you put up with them patiently? Or do you indulge in constant anger and revenge because of them?

 

13. "Charity...believeth all things, hopeth all things."

Do you always believe and hope for the best for others?  Or are you inclined to think the worst?

 

14. "Charity...endureth all things."

Do you bear up under all persecutions and provocations without complaining?

Or do you seek to get even and injure another's person and reputation as they may have done to you?

 

The Apostle Paul ends his teaching with the following words

1 Corinthians 13: 8 - "Charity never faileth..."

1 Corinthians 13:13 - "...the greatest of these is charity."

Love is not love unless it is manifested,  exemplified, or revealed in some way.

 1 Corinthians 13: 8 - "Charity never faileth..."

1 Corinthians 13:13 - "...the greatest of these is charity."

1 Corinthians 14:1 - "Follow after charity..."

 

1 John 5:1 - The Apostle John adds - "...and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him."

 

As the quote says at the beginning of this message - "Love is its own evidence."

 

How do we know that we are the children of God? What is our evidence?

 

Romans 5:5 - "...because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" and those who are around us can testify that it indeed is. 

 

The Love test article is written by

Connie Giordano,

e-mail: walkingintruth@juno.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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