The Love Test

Yesterday I saw a Facebook post from a book that I’m not sure who the author is. The particular page that was captured was about “Crushes”. It was a nice exercise that a mother asked her daughter to do when she shared that she had a crush on a boy at school. She asked her daughter to read Corinthians 13:4-6 which gives the biblical description of love begining with “Love is kind.” She asked her daughter to replace the word love with th boys name. She did and quickly realized that he fell significantly short.

I thought this was an interesting way to help guide young girls and boys as there emotions become heavy for the opposite sex. But beyond that, this is an excercise we should do for ourselves! It’s not about perfection. We will never be perfect. But when we apply ourselves in this area of trying to mirror this scripture in our lives it encourages spiritual growth. 

So, give it a try. How do you measure up when you substitute the word love with your own name. You might be surprised how this excercise can help to reveal areas you may want to ask God to help you work on.  I definitely found a couple! 

Corinthians 13:4-6

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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