Tough Love

Stand Over - March 2014

Stand Over – March 2014

Last night the Emmaus guys had a “Stand Over.” This is an event involving laser tag, late night stories, chips and salsa and a Bible study.

Dan Seidelman spoke on “Tough Love” from 1 Corinthians 13. Here are some tweetable lines from his challenging and convicting devotional.

  • Love is not for the fainthearted. Love is willing to endure hardships done to itself without becoming bitter.
  • Love covers a multitude of sins. If someone wrongs you, you don’t go on Facebook and passively aggressively reference them in your status.
  • Love does not just bear all things, it endures all things. Love is taking up curses, slander and putting up with someone for their good.
  • Love keeps no record of wrong. If we are loving, we are not keeping a mental record of wrong.
  • If you want to be loving, you have to be tough. If you want to be tough, you have to be loving. 
  • We should only point out faults in others in order to cause them to love the Lord. 
  • Love is ruthless. Love is going to ruthlessly battle self. When we are loving, we are actively engaging our own pride. 
  • Love does not envy. Love is not upset when others have good done to them. Love cannot exist when everyone is concerned about themselves. 
  • Love does not talk about how great we are and try to grasp honor. Love is not arrogant.
  • We should congratulate others.
  • Love is an utter enemy to selfishness. Love does not demand preferences. 
  • Love is a gentlemen. Every situation has its own cultural setting and we should love those in that culture and not rebel. You need to know where you are, what is required of you and how you can serve others. 
  • Love searches out ways to be good to each other. Love is holding the door open for people behind you. Love is showing respect to all people. We cannot neglect the most basic things. 
  • Love restrains its emotions and keeps passions within its reasonable limits. 
  • Love believes all things and hopes all things – If we are able to interpret someone’s action sinisterly or graciously, we should always choose grace.  
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