One of things that I love about the Bible is that it paints a picture of what is. Yes, there are a bunch of “thou shalt not’s” but there are also pictures of what to do.
Tonight as I am sitting here, 1 Corinthians 13 comes to my mind.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails.
If I’m honest with myself, I’m not always good at love. My love is not always patient or kind. It is, at times, envious.
I am a work in progress. I wish I learned by studying, but I don’t. I learn experientially.
The filter through which I give and accept love has to be 1 Corinthians 13. Otherwise, is it really worth giving or receiving?