Love in Action Series: Making the Grade

December 10, 2012 Comments Off on Love in Action Series: Making the Grade
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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.

A+ (Excellent)

A (Good)

B (Fair)

C  (Needs attention)

D (Needs major overhaul)

F – (Failing)


Self   Partner


___  ____  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

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