The Love Test

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4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails — 1 Cor. 13:4-8a NIV​

What if our every thought had to pass a test before it could be converted to spoken words or to actions? 
Does this thought show others that I have patience? 
Does it show kindness?
Is it truthful?
Does it show concern? 
Does it reflect my trust in God? 
Does it show the hope I have in Jesus? 
Will it help me or those around me to endure trials and persevere? 
Does it make me appear to be envious?
​All the above should be answered with a “Yes”
All the below should be answered with a “No”​ 
Is it boastful? 
Does it disrespect or harm others? 
Is it just for my benefit? 
Is it a​ knee jerk response to something that has angered me?
 Is it a resentment caused by past actions?
If it fails in any area, we need to reconsider before we speak or act.​

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ​ –​- Matt. 19:26 NIV

Post 07-21-2015

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