1 Cor. 12:31 way, means a way of life.

The more excellent way, or “way of life that is best of all” (12:31 NLT), is God’s way of love 1 Cor. 14:1.

Pursue means to chase, to press toward a goal with intensity Phil. 3:14.

1 Cor. 13:1-3 reveals God’s love for inspiration.

God’s love for us inspired him to give the life of his Son, Jesus, on the cross, to rescue us from our sins and eternal death, separation from him Rom. 5:8.

Will you believe God, receive Jesus as Lord, and serve him out of love?

We have ability to love because we were created in the image and likeness of God. However, when Adam and Eve broke God’s commandment, sin entered the human heart.

As a result, our love can be conditional, self-serving. We love others if they love us in return, if we have good feelings, or if we agree with them.

God’s love is faithful (committed), unending, and unconditional.

1 Cor. 13:4-8 reveals God’s love for application, to live out.

God’s love is not a concept or idea. God’s love includes emotion and action. It’s the right actions with the right heart.

It’s important to know the qualities of God’s love, so we can know the difference between his love and any other love.

As we look at these qualities, thank God for his love to you. Pursue God’s love to you, and then pursue God’s love through you, to others.

1 Cor. 13:4 God’s love suffers long and is still kind. God’s love is not envious, it wants others to be blessed and get ahead.

Love is not showy, or arrogant. It does not call attention to oneself as if superior.

1 Cor. 13:5 God’s love is not rude. “Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect” (TPT). Shame and disrespect do not inspire love and reconciliation. It’s better to address conflicts and disagreements God’s way.

Love is not self-seeking. It is not provoked. The root word for provoked is “sharp” Rev. 1:16; 14:14.

We can be “sharp” with others.

Love is not “not easily angered” (NIV). Allow people to be human. We all fall short at times. Thank God, he is not quick-tempered with us.

Love thinks no evil. The word for thinks is an accounting term. It is translated, accounted, counted, and impute, in Rom. 4:3-8. Love “does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Cor. 13:5 NIV

What did Jesus do with all our wrongs, all our sins, against him?

Col 2:13, 14 NLT You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

We can tend to bring God’s love, divine love, down to our level, human love, especially in the area of forgiveness Isa. 55:6-9.

We must know and believe how freely God loves us and forgives us. God’s love keeps our hearts free from resentment through forgiveness. Freely receive, freely give.

Lk. 22:60-62 How do you think the Lord looked at Peter after Peter denied him three times?

I believe Jesus looked at Peter as he did the young man in Mk. 10:20-22.

Jesus looked with such a pure and powerful love that it led Peter to repent and to be restored to full fellowship.

Peter loved and served the Lord the rest of his life.

Is your heart at rest right now in God’s love and forgiveness?

Are you keeping a record of wrongs done to you?

Forgiveness is not a once in a lifetime event. It’s God’s way of love, and life, that frees, heals, and reconciles.

Will you believe God, receive his love, his forgiveness, and release the burden of resentment, unforgiveness, to him?

Let’s ask the Lord to help us, heal us, and fill us.

He will do it for our good and his glory and purpose.