What is love?
The definition of love is found only once in the Bible: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
Let’s continue to give ourselves a biblical “love” test by looking closely at the words and phrases used to describe love.
The eighth biblical descriptor of love is “not irritable."
This kind of love embodies patience and kindness. It leads with grace. Instead of being touchy, it seeks harmony with others. It doesn’t fly off the handle with the least possible insult.
Love that is not irritable tolerates and overlooks shortcomings in others. It seeks to extend compassion. It knows how to disagree without being disagreeable. It respects others’ opinions and does not have to be right all the time.
Love that is not irritable freely admits its mistakes, while easily and actively seeking forgiveness. It yearns for the unity it brings.
How are you doing with the eighth part of God’s love test?
Before you answer, consider this: Are you overly sensitive? Touchy? Do others feel as if they must walk on eggshells around you?
I think now you are ready to answer.
“Love is not irritable…”