“…Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights {or} its own way, {for} it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy {or} fretful {or} resentful…” – 1 Corinthians 13: 5 (AMP)

God’s love does not insist on his own right or his own way for it is not self-seeking. In other words, it cares more for others than for self. Thus as a child of God you must learn to put others first. This is one of the characteristics of “agape”-God’s kind of love-it is not selfish. The Bible says, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).

Another attribute of love revealed in the opening scripture is that love is not touchy. There are people who are touchy or quick-tempered; they’re so sensitive, you have to be careful the way you talk to them, lest they be offended. That’s not the way of love. Love is not easy offended. To be touchy means to be irritable, quick-tempered, prickly or easily upset. It’s like the fellow who comes late to church service but gets offended when rebuked for it. Don’t be that way, that’s being touchy.

There’re some other folks who resent others and treat them with disdain, that’s wrong. Love is not resentful. Have no enemies. Never have people you dislike, hate or show antipathy towards. Love doesn’t permit that. To harbor resentment is an ugly attitude that defiles a man’s spirit. Never find yourself acting like you’ve been cheated in life just because you heard of someone else’s promotion or something that’s been done to honor someone else.

Search your heart with the Word of God today, and be sure that the attributes of love listed in 1 Corinthians 13 form the basis with which you relate with other people. Never rejoice at the injustice suffered by others, rather, rejoice only when right and truth prevail. Refuse to be conceited, self-seeking, touchy or resentful.

For more, please read and study: 1 Corinthians 13 1-2 (Amplified Bible)

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Proclamation of Faith

I refuse to be resentful, touchy or self-seeking, because I’m full of divine love! The love of God is growing in my heart, and I’m deeply rooted and grounded in love. As I go forth today I do not behave unbecomingly, nor blaze out in anger, but manifest love to everyone I meet, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.