September 2012 Volume 1 Issue 4

Love Conquers All
ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries, Inc.

Love is Patient
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    God is Love We love because He first loved us We love as Jesus loved us By Holy Spirit we are empowered to love like God does Love covers a multitude of sins Home is where love is

The more I read this verse and compare how well I myself live this verse, the more I understand I can not do it! This should not be discouraging but rather empowering because this verse is telling us what God does through us when we allow Him to do what He plans. Read aloud the above verse but substitute your own name in place of “love” and “it”. This is quite revealing! Now read aloud the verse but place Jesus in place of “love” and “it”. Now, it is magnificent! If we are true believers, Jesus’ spirit lives in us. The way of life is possible for us because He enables through us. Our part is to humble our self, deny our flesh and follow His leading in our life. No small task, but He provides everything we need to live this life until He returns. Assignment for the

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God is Love

Inside this issue:
Love is Not Boastful Love is Not Prideful Love id Not Rude Love Doesn’t Demand Love is Not Irritable Love Doesn’t Track Wrong Love Never Gives Up

day: Love is Patient and Kind. Who needs patience and kindness today? Go practice it.



Love Does Not Envy
Here’s a test. Can you be happy for someone when they succeed, without grumbling under your breathe? There was a time when I was fortunate enough to have very good managers. Every story of how my manager supported me or helped me move ahead was meet with jealousy because the person I share with never experienced such a positive management style from their managers. Love is not jealous. Being jealous that your co-worker got a promotion and you didn’t, only shows your immaturity.





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Love is Not Boastful
As if being patient, kind and not jealous was not hard enough, the list continues. Love is not boastful. Now let’s stop and think about this. Are you boastful? Do you always have to share your story with others? When you enter into conversations with others are you first to say what’s going on in your life? Love listens to others. If we are always talking, when do we listen? Start by listening to your own words. If
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Pride is the single most widespread problem we face. Everyone is prideful, even if they don’t want to admit it. Pride can be obvious or subtle, but pride is not Godhonoring. Pride does not help us love anyone but our self. Pride got Satan kicked out of heaven. Pride will do the same for us. If we truly seek to become a loving person, we need to deal with the issue of pride. Lay down our will in favor of God’s will instead. Remember, Jesus say in John 15:12-13 NLT “...Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Boast in Christ Alone

everything out of your mouth is revolving around you, then you might have a boasting problem. Psalm 10:3 NKJV

says “For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire”. Paul said this about boasting in Galatians 6:14 NKJV “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

Love is Not Prideful

Love is Not Rude
Think about different rude scenarios you may have experienced. What’s the one thing that seems consistent in all the scenarios? Selfishness. Rudeness always occurs when selfishness reigns. Being rude means I’m not concerned about others. If we are to learn to love others as our self and learn to love like Jesus loved, we need to deal with selfish ambition. We all have selfish ambition at some point or other. We need to recognize it, confess it and ask God for the strength through Jesus Christ to eliminate it.
Love is helpful

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Love Doesn’t Demand Its Own Way
If our thought is always on how do we get our own needs met, how loving do you think we are being towards others? They can sense we are preoccupied. They can feel the burden we place on them. These unspoken expectations weight down the relationship. But the answer is easy to say and yet difficult to practice. Treat others the way you want to be treated. You want others to listen you, start listening to them. You want others to be kind to you, start being kind to them. Have you ever heard the saying “kill them with kindness”? Well, it’s biblical! Jesus tells us to love our enemies. One reason might be when we shower kindness on those who treat us badly, it triggers something in their conscience that plants the seed Love Never Gives Up of change in them.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT

Love is Not Irritable
When irritation sets in, it is clearly an indicator love has left the building. Irritation focuses on self and how something is not happening the way we want it to. We’ve already discussed love is not selfishness nor does it demand its own way. Love extends grace. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love makes allowances for each others faults. Therefore, love is not irritable. Self check: Have I been irritable lately? Who do I need to extend grace to? Where can I make allowances for another’s fault?

Love Doest Track Wrongs
When you find yourself in an argument with someone you’ve known for a long time, do you bring of past mistakes? If so, you’re not being loving. Love keeps no record of wrong. The Bible tells us love covers a multiLove is the way

tude of sins. It is loving to overlook a past sin. Switchfoot, a Christian band, has a song lyric that applies here. It goes something like this: “I dare you to move

like today never happened”. Just imagine living like yesterday didn’t happened. How might our behavior be different?

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Love Never Gives Up
Human love does. Ever get tired of forgiving someone? Ever get so frustrated with your family you just want to run away or hide? When we try to love out of our limited human resources, we will soon find we fall short in the love department. God’s love doesn’t run out. His love is forever. It never gives up, although they may be plenty of reasons to justify quitting. God’s love doesn’t quit. Think about the parables of the lost son, lost sheep, and lost coin. In each case, they searched until they found what was lost. God’s love searches for the lost and doesn’t give up until He finds them.
Self check: Have I given up on someone? Is there a relationship I have failed to love in? Am I searching for the lost?

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