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Romans 12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renew-ing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, Will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9a Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy) . The NIV says, "Love must be sincere." TLB says, "Don't just pretend that you love others; really love them. It's not just a feeling; it's behavior; it's a verb.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 13 1-3 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, 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. … NIV This behavior is the behavior of godly love . All else is selfish , lustful , and ungodly .
Love is patient. Patient means to bear or suffer long ; to patiently endure. Do you know that sometimes we have to put up with people we love. They may get on our nerves ; they may hurt our feelings.
Love is kind. The KJV says, "Love suffers long and is kind." We all have to put up with people; it's inescapable . But, to be kind in that hour is godly love .
Love does not envy. Love is happy for the blessing of others. Love is happy for their welfare.
Love does not boast; it is not proud. A braggart loves himself and no one else. He is filled with a sense of his own importance . He puts others down , because he thinks he smarter, wiser, and more insightful. He looks down his nose at everyone who is not just like him.
Love is not rude; Doesn't act ugly. Love is courteous . Love is not self-seeking: Love doesn't seek -- it's own way , it's own benefit . Love is not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. We are commanded to be slow to wrath , slow to speak, swift to hear. A disagreement should not become a history lesson .
Love doesn't want bad to happen to people, even when they deserve it . Genuine love is always loyal , no matter what. Loyalty is rare and precious . Love never quits : On God, on the callings and gifts of God, Or on friends or family.