What Love Is

Love suffers long, having patience with imperfect people.

Love is kind, active in doing good.

Love does not envy. Since it is non-possessive and noncompetitive, it actually wants others to get ahead; hence, it does not parade itself.

Love has a self-effacing quality; it is not ostentatious.

Love is not puffed up treating others arrogantly. It does not behave rudely, but displays good manners and courtesy.

Love does not seek its own, insisting on its own rights and demanding precedence; rather, it is unselfish. Love is not provoked. It is not irritable or touchy, rough or hostile, but graceful under pressure.

Love thinks no evil. It does not keep an account of wrongs done to it; instead, it erases resentments.

Love does not rejoice in iniquity, finding satisfaction in the shortcomings of others, or spreading an evil report; rather, it rejoices in the truth, aggressively advertising the good.

Love bears all things, defending and holding other people up.

Love believes the best about others, credits them with good intentions, and is not suspicious.

Love hopes all things, never giving up on people, but affirming their future.

Love endures all things, persevering and remaining loyal to the end.

-1 Corinthians 13:4-6, Spirit-Filled Life Bible

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

One response to “What Love Is”

  1. Shirley Tuttle says :

    Love endures all! Great message Pastor Mac. Love to me is the most important word and action in my life, it is the one ingredients we need to combat the enemy! That is why Jesus said Love one another!

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