In Our verse for today we see more examples of what true love is not:
It Does Not not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (I Corinthians 13:5)
True love does not dishonor others. As Christians we ought to have respect for others, even those who are unrepentant sinners who hate God. We know that human beings are inherently valuable, having been created in the image of God, and we are supposed to love all of them, even those who try to make themselves our enemies. We must treat them all with honor. Jesus even washed the feet of the man he knew was betraying him (John 13:3-5).
Love is not self-seeking. If you truly love someone you care about their interests above your own. True love often requires us to sacrifice many of our ambitions for our jobs, our social status, and our education for the interests of others.
True love is not easily angered. There is nothing “holy” or “Christian” about a person who is constantly losing their temper.
Finally, true love keeps no record of wrongs. We forgive without keeping extensive records of other people’s sins in order to use as leverage later.