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The God Kind of Love (Day 11) Love is not selfish

Welcome to Day 11 of the God Kind of Love Blog Series.

This series is inspired by the characteristics of Love mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.

Check out other blog posts in the series here

The focus of todays blog is Love is not selfish in 1 Corinthians 13:5.

This scripture has a variety of meanings based on the Bible version.

New International Version

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

New Living Translation

or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

English Standard Version

or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

New American Standard Bible

It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered,

Contemporary English Version

rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.

GOD'S WORD® Translation

It isn't rude. It doesn't think about itself. It isn't irritable. It doesn't keep track of wrongs.

New American Bible

it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,

NET Bible

It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.

Love according this verse shows the importance of considering others before ourselves. The Bible teaches us to love our neighbors and to show kindness to others. We're commanded to lovingly forgive our enemies, put the needs of others ahead of our own, and treat our loved ones as we want to be treated.

The Bible teaches us to put aside our own wants and needs to serve those around us.

This doesn't mean we should ignore our own feelings or needs, as it is still important to love ourselves. When it comes down to it, love is a choice that we must make, not just an emotion.

I believe that true love is not selfish. It’s not about what you get out of a relationship, it’s about what you put into it. True love is a reciprocal exchange between two people who have mutual respect and admiration for one another. When you’re in love, you have an undying commitment to take care of each other, to look out for one another, and to show respect even in tough times. True love is not only about romance and passion; it’s about loyalty, companionship, and mutual trust.

Sometimes, when a relationship gets tough, people forget about this unconditional selfless love for each other and get focused on what’s in it for them. But true love doesn’t operate that way. You never feel like you’re losing or getting taken advantage of when you’re in a relationship based on true love. Instead, both people should have the confidence to know that the relationship will weather the storm and they can both grow together and find comfort and solace in one another.

At its core, love is selfless and when you have it in a relationship, it can lead to immense joy and lasting memories. That’s why it’s important to always prioritize selfless love, because it’s the only kind that can last and stand the test of time.

With love

Sylvia xox

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