Friday, 6 January 2012

Ten ways to Love

I remember a few years ago reading The 5 Love Languages and being so excited to learn about the ways in which we express love and read expressions of love so we feel loved. ( I highly recommend this book to any couple it will open new avenues and broaden your understanding)
A few days ago on Facebook I came across this list and as I read it again today I realized that I had shifted my focus to expressing love via the love languages and had not used the tools available in the Word to express love more deeply and fully in my day to day activities.

I wanted to share it with you because it is a list of love in ACTION. Love is not a noun it's a verb. I like this list because it is taken from all over the word. 
10 Ways to love
  1. Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18:13)
  2. Speak without accusing (James1:19)                     
  3. Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
  4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
  5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
  6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
  7. Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
  8. Trust without wavering (1 Corinthians 13:7)
  9. Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13)
  10. Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)

1 Corinthians 13 says love expresses itself this way:
  1. Be patient (verse 4)
  2. Be Kind (verse 4)
  3. Not envious (verse 4)
  4. Be modest and quiet. (verse 4)
  5. Is polite and respectful (verse 5)
  6. Forgives and keeps no record of wrongs. (verse 5)
  7. Rejoices in truth (verse 6)
  8. It protects (verse 7)
  9. It Trusts and is ready to believe the best of every person (verse 7)
  10. It perseveres. (verse 7)
Making this list has encouraged and equipped me.  I have been feeling very weary of keeping on keeping on in a situation and I see that love perseveres.  I feel like I have many more tools in my toolbox available to me now.

How do you express love in your day to day living ? What do you use as your plumb line and guide ?



  1. i love these lists on love! thanks for sharing :)

  2. Beautiful! Isn't it amazing that love overlooks the shortcomings of others, and true love allows us to see others as Christ sees them?!

  3. Wow! What a great list. Thank you for sharing this.


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