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.
Love never gives up, never loses faith,
is always hopeful, and
endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Our society has a twisted view of what real love is. In our world, love is more about flowers, candy, champagne, and romantic feelings. These verses from 1 Corinthians 13 tell us that love has very little to do with what I get and so much more to do with the actions I take toward someone I love.
If real love is about doing something, I need to put together a blueprint of how I plan on loving someone and how I want to be loved in return. Just as an architect draws a plan for a building she is creating, a blueprint for love is a plan for how I will love someone and how I want to be loved back. This plan isn’t just for boyfriend-girlfriend relationships; this plan covers how I will love and want to be loved back by my children, my parents, and anyone else I truly care about.
Over the next few days, we’re going to look at some of the action words listed in the verses in 1 Corinthians. As we discuss these words, consider using them to develop your own love blueprint.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.