Love’s true definition is: (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Kind, forbearing, benevolent, not jealous, not vain, not proud, is not fake, selfless, pure in thoughts, finds no joy in wrong doing, but rejoices in the truth; bears, believes, hopes and endures all things.
In character terms, spiritual strength is defined as truth, justice, disciplines, temperaments, opinions, expectations, standards, and measures used to weigh matters.
- Love’s definition relies on its integrity.
- Disciplined love tempers passion and balances daily relationships with other people.
- Healthy love embraces the safe boundaries of honesty and refrains from the unrealistic expectations we tend to place on ourselves or others to live up to.
- ‘Making love’ with someone is impossible.
- God is love and the author of it. Only He can create it. Intimacy is designed to strengthen marriage bonds (period).
- Tough love distances itself from wrongdoing, but not always people.
- If love acts in its designed capacity, love can stop wrongdoing through its calm, firm, honest and soothing tones.
- Love is never over-dominant: physically, verbally, emotionally, sexually, religiously, politically, corporately or ‘executively’.
Truthfully exam your definitions of love
Is your love strong? Is your love honest? Does your love display integrity? (add your own questions from here)
Challenge: Test your standards for others on yourself today and then ask God to test your standards against His.
Truth heals Love