Do you love anyone?
I’m guessing your answer is “yes!”
But how well do you love them?
If we look at God’s love as the perfect example of how we can love well, we see:
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The love described here is God’s unconditional love.
This passage tells us the things that love IS and IS NOT.
But have you ever thought of what the opposite of this love is by finding the opposite of each of these character traits? Here’s my humble attempt:
The opposite of Love is:
- unkind or withholding kindness,
- boastful, and arrogant.
The opposite of Love:
- acts unbecomingly and is rude.
- It seeks the interests of self instead of seeking the interests of others.
- It is easily provoked and irritable.
- It is unforgiving and judgmental.
- It rejoices in unrighteousness.
The opposite of Love:
- runs from difficulties,
- is unbelieving, cynical, and suspicious,
- feels there is no hope, and
- gives up.
The opposite of love fails to accomplish the will of God because it does not come from God.
There are many things in life that will change and pass away, and if the antithesis of love is all there is, what a sad existence we have to look forward to!
But God is love, and His love is light, and in Him dwells NOT ONE of the above forms of darkness at all. In Him there is not even a shadow, no hidden pockets, no dark closets, only light.
And since His Holy Spirit dwells in each of His children, He makes that beautiful love and light available in them, for them, and for them to share with others.
We who are His children do not have to wait until we get to heaven to experience His resplendent love.
He longs to share it with us here and now and to shine it through us to this dark and hurting world.
Lord, please forgive us for wandering into love’s antithesis, through our selfishness and pride, instead of dwelling in You and in Your perfect love. Please fill us with Your Holy Spirit and cause Your love to thrill us and overflow to those around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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