Love is not self-centered or selfish, but rather selfless and sacrificial

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-6, NIV)

In these verses, the apostle Paul eloquently describes the transformative power of love. He emphasizes that love goes beyond mere feelings or emotions; it is a deliberate and selfless action that seeks the well-being and happiness of others.

Love is patient, displaying a gentle and enduring spirit even in the face of challenges or difficulties. It is kind, showing compassion, empathy, and goodwill towards others. Love does not harbor envy or boastfulness, nor does it fuel pride or arrogance. Instead, it promotes humility and respect, honoring others above oneself.

Love is not self-centered or selfish, but rather selfless and sacrificial. It seeks the best interests of others and does not manipulate or exploit them for personal gain. Love is slow to anger and quick to forgive, choosing reconciliation and restoration over resentment and grudges. It does not keep a record of wrongs, letting go of past offenses and embracing a spirit of grace and forgiveness.

Furthermore, love rejoices in truth and righteousness. It is not delighted by wrongdoing or injustice but celebrates honesty, integrity, and acts of kindness. Love seeks to promote goodness and righteousness in all aspects of life.

As we reflect on these verses, we are reminded of the profound impact that love can have in our relationships and interactions with others. It challenges us to cultivate a love that is patient, kind, humble, forgiving, and rooted in truth.

May verse inspire us to embody and demonstrate love in all our dealings. Let us extend love to our family, friends, neighbors, and even those whom we find difficult to love. By doing so, we reflect the love of God and contribute to a world that is filled with compassion, understanding, and grace.

May these words encourage us to grow in love and to embrace the transformative power of love in our lives.


Let us remember that our love has the power to impact and transform lives. When we extend love to others without expecting anything in return, we demonstrate the essence of Christ’s love and become vessels through which God’s love shines brightly in the world.

May we continually seek to grow in selfless and sacrificial love, following the example of Jesus, and making a positive difference in the lives of those around us.


When we embrace this selfless and sacrificial love, we reflect God’s character and bring hope and healing to a world that often values self-centeredness and personal gain. It is through this kind of love that relationships are strengthened, conflicts are resolved, and lives are transformed.

May we strive to love others selflessly and sacrificially, following the example of Jesus Christ. May we allow God’s love to flow through us, impacting the lives of those around us. And may this selfless love bring healing, unity, and joy in our relationships and in the world.