The Habit of Love
Series: Habits of Highly Useful
Servants of God
1 Thessalonians 2:7
William James, in his classic Principles of Psychology, put it this way: Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state. We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke or virtue or vice leaves its ever so little scar. The drunken Rip Van Winkle, in Jefferson's play, excuses himself for every fresh dereliction by saying "I won't count this time! " Well! He may not count it, but it is being counted nonetheless. Down among his nerve cells and fibers the molecules are counting it, registering and storing it up to be used against him when the next temptation comes. Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out. Of course, this has its good side as well as its bad one.1
When Paul looked back on his work among the Thessalonians? A life on a daily basis had:
HABITS OF FEARLESSNESS [2:1]
HABITS OF INTEGRITY [2:3]
HABITS OF HONESTY [2:5]
HABITS OF HUMILITY [2:6]
HABITS OF LOVINGKINDNESS [2:7]
HABITS OF PASSIONATE LIVING [2:8]
HABITS OF DEDICATION [2:9–11]
I. HABITS OF EFFECTIVE SERVANTS #5 LOVE (2:7) The apostle Paul wrote to a city church that mirrored the very culture we live in.
A. Graham Scroggie, born in 1877, a noted Bible teacher who pastored in the British world analyzed the Virtues of Love as follows:
1 WIllIam James, PrIncIples of Psychology (ChIcago: EncyclopedIa BrIttannIca, Inc. 1952), p. 83.
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Love in not Hasty, but Patient.
Love is not Inconsiderate, but Benevolent.
Love is not Envious, but Content.
Love is not Boastful, but Unostentatious.
Love is not Arrogant, but Humble.
Love is not Rude, but Courteous.
Love is not Selfi ...
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