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Last time we were together, we talked about the seven things love is. Let’s follow up that post with the EIGHT things love is/does not:
“Envy” defined is a feeling of discontent or resentment because someone has something you desire or feel like you deserve–perhaps because you feel like you are more “holy”, fit, pretty, handsome, qualified—-that’s envy. That’s not love.
A prime biblical example of the sin of envy are Joseph’s brothers. Acts 7:9 says they were “moved with envy” to the point that they sold Joseph to Egypt. You can read the entire account it in Genesis 37.
Furthermore, if we practice envy, we will be disqualified from Heaven. Romans 1:28-32 reminds us:
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
2. Vaunt itself up
Vaunting means to self-promote; someone who exaggerates his own virtues–many times to the point of lying. The only things they do count and they have little to no interest, understanding or empathy for anyone but themselves. Sigh. 🙄
In contrast, the agape love God gives will always consider the other person’s feelings, thoughts, situations before speaking or acting. And even if you have exceeded someone in a particular area, agape love will NEVER expose that person’s shortcomings to make themselves look good.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves (Philippians 2:3).
3. Puffed up.
These words are based on the Greek word phusio, which means to be haughty, snobbish, swollen, or to be inflated. In other words, love is not prideful. Agape love is never haughty or snobbish when dealing with people.
Pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).
4. Behave itself unseemly.
This word means to act improperly, selfish or out of order. Love doesn’t get cold when it doesn’t get her way. Love never plots, plans schemes, pouts, punishes, withholds, uses bad language or entertains the wrong thoughts about someone. Love stays in formation.
A friend loves at all times…. (Proverbs 17:17a).
5. Seeks not her own.
This meaning behind this phrase depicts a person who is so bent on getting their way, they will twist facts, search for loopholes, and/or use any means necessary to “make” the situation work for themselves–including sue in court! This is low-key manipulation and should never be named in the Body of Christ.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others (Philippians 2:4).
6. Is not easily provoked:
This means love does not readily anger or be irritated behind every little thing. Now, we will get angry about things, but reaction should have a little thought behind it, so the agape love comes through.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
At the same time, we also should not be the ones who behave unseemly or speak words incite an angry response out of others–rather than lash out in anger, we should seek to understand the other person.
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men (I Corinthians 14:20).
7. Thinks no evil
I LOVE this one, BCU Family! This phrase means to reconcile, calculate or keep a record of something so you do not forget. I read somewhere that in one country village, the residents spend much of their time fighting one another. When you spend a lot of time warring, it can be hard to remember what you are angry about, so the natives keep a tangible object visible in their home in order to remember what the other person did to offend them. We may not keep physical objects, but often keep a mental ledger in our minds–and we replay it often to keep the hurt alive.
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22).
8. Rejoices not in iniquity
Agape love does not rejoice in things that are wrong, sinful, unjust, or even in the guilt or vices of others. Rather, true love rejoices in things that are true.
[Love] rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth..(I Corinthians 13:6).
Bonus–Love never fails:
Agape love does not run out, decay, decline or diminish over time, run out on dry seasons, behavior or circumstances. Jesus is a perfect example of love never failing–and if we have Jesus on the inside, our love will stand the test of time. Amen? Amen!
BCU Fam, I don’t know about you, but this study reminded me I have SO much more to come up to in the love area! What about you? What are your thoughts here? Let’s continue our conversation in the comments section below this post!
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