Love in Action Series: Making the Grade
Love is an active word that is reflected in this historic statement on love:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Exam time! – Grade each item, first, yourself then your partner and share with each other.
C (Needs attention)
D (Needs major overhaul)
F – (Failing)
___ ____ Patient – long suffering, willing to sacrifice; perseveres without grumbling
____ ____ Kind – showing good will, tenderness, wants to make others happy
____ ____ Forgiving – willing to forgive and not to hold the past against others
____ ____ Truthful – lives with integrity & honesty
____ ____ Protecting – caring, concerned; overseeing
____ ____ Trusting – believes the best in others; willing to place confidence in
____ ____ Optimistic – confident expectation; prospect of some good to happen
____ ____ Persevering – seeks to resolve conflict; does not give up on the relationship
____ ____ Committed – always seeks to honor the relationship; gives partner top priority
____ ____ Envious – to covet; feeling discontent with the blessings of others
____ ____ Boastful –to brag; to exalt oneself
____ ____ Arrogant – conceited; gives no credit to others
____ ____ Rude – harsh, insensitive
____ ____ Self-Seeking – seeking one’s own interest; selfish; controlling, demanding
____ ____ Anger – easily irritated; upset; bitter; resentful
Did you recognize any need for some “love” improvement? Don’t feel guilty if you had some areas that are in need of repair. None of us are perfect and we’ll have times and seasons when we are failing to love. We all can do better. We all could use some “love” improvement. Love is a decision! Be decisive! Take the appropriate steps toward a better love.
Taking Action! What specific things will you do to improve your love?
My goal: ______________________________________________________________________
Action steps How will you strive to accomplish your goal?
By: Dr. Dale Goodman