To love is probably the hardest command
that God requires of us.
Love goes against human nature,
forcing us to put our flesh in its place.
If it is perfection we desire to reach,
then true love we must embrace.
I am sure that if asked you would declare
love for all is what you possess.
Upon closer look at God’s Word, however,
most will have to give a second guess.
Are you always patient and always kind?
Or do you implement these qualities
based on how you feel at the time?
How are you with pride and arrogance, envy too?
Be honest, because to love these must be far away from you.
Do you think a lot of yourself and your abilities?
Then conceited is the word that describes you.
If to love is what you desire then with conceit you must be through.
How is your behavior towards others?
Would they describe you as rude, annoyed and/or self-absorbed?
Do you clothe yourself with resentment before you go out of doors?
How do you view sin?
Has it been tainted by those you hang around?
Do you ignore its seriousness to avoid being “found out”?
If you can be happy with sin for any purpose then love you do not possess.
Don’t believe me? Check the Word, for God is very clear on it.
If it is love you strive to have then truth you must embrace;
truth in every aspect of life, including what you say to people’s face.
If you have love you give others the benefit of the doubt.
You look to see the best in others too.
It is not my definition but God’s that we must conform ourselves to.
Love is forgiving and holds not a grudge.
Or from self-justifying indignation
Do you refuse to budge?
If you will take the time to look
A valuable lesson you will see.
For the characteristics of Love are found
in Christ’s treatment of you and me!
You may think it’s too hard to love yourself and others in this way.
You’re right, under your own power you can’t
but God has paved the way.
Look to Christ, trust and believe
and His Spirit to you He will give.
From then on you will be empowered
To love according to HIS will.