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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday.
This weekend Connie and I will be attending our niece's wedding in Texarkana. We are coming down to less than a half dozen nieces and nephews who remain single and like all our family weddings, we are looking forward to seeing our extended family. All my siblings will be there so it will be special.
At many weddings, Paul's description of love from 1 Corinthians 13 is often quoted. Many have committed it to memory – or are at least familiar with it. With Paul’s words as a backdrop, ask yourself the following hard questions about each quality: 
 “Love is patient.” Would my family or co-workers describe me as a patient person? Do I have a “short fuse”?
 “Love is kind.” Am I kind and gracious toward others, especially when they fall short of my expectations?
“Love is not jealous.” Am I competing with others by trying to get the attention, relationships, or possessions which they have?
“Love does not brag and is not arrogant.” Am I self-focused, always trying to impress others with my achievements, my opinions, or my knowledge?
“Love does not act unbecomingly.” Am I rude? Do I often interrupt others? Am I considerate of their feelings and points-of-view?
“Love does not seek its own.” Am I selfish? Do I think about other's needs ahead of my own?
“Love is not provoked.” Am I easily offended? Do I get angry when people don’t do what I want them to do?
“Love does not take into account a wrong suffered.” Do I keep score? Do I remind others of past sins or failures? Do I hold grudges? Am I quick to forgive?
“Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth.” Am I glad when others fail or sin, because it makes me look good and I can use it as ammunition against them? Am I truly happy when I hear of other’s victories in the Lord?
“Love bears all things.” Do I bear with people in their immaturity or shortcomings or do I always correct them?
“Love believes all things.” Am I suspicious of others? Do I trust them unless there is good reason not to do so?
“Love hopes all things.” Do I “write people off”? Do I believe that God can work to change the other person?
“Love never fails.” Do I give up on others who have wronged or hurt me? Am I committed to help that person become all that God wants him or her to be?
Difficult and challenging questions. Give them some thought and then make the needed changes.
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug