Are you Love?!


This post is inspired by one of my amazing sister-friends whose 25th birthday is coming up real soon. Shout out to you girl! 

My friend is counting down to her birthday with an instagram challenge where she shares twenty-five random facts, experiences, lessons, quotes, advice and all. It’s pretty instresting with a lot of things to learn from her comment section too. You should check it out #DamiloE25.

Anyways, her post on sunday was on Love and it made me examine myself deeply. She mentioned that she sometimes wondered what the world would be like if we showed love to everyone, beyond family and friends! Then she referenced 1st Corintians 13:4-7 and challenged us to replace love with our names.

And so I took up the challenge and lets just say I have a lot to work on. I was actually a little dissapointed in myself because I know this chapter so well and even accused an ex-special friend for not showing the 1 Corintians 13 kinda love. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, eh! 

Are you Love? Check out my love analysis below and try doing yours too. 

Damilola is patient

Do I cut people slack, even when they may not deserve it? Do I withhold judgement when people mess up? Do I give people time to grow?  

Patience is the ability to tolerate weaknesses in others without readily expressing anger. Patience allows us to look past people’s rough exteriors to see what’s inside.

Damilola is kind 

Am I characterized by benevolence and tenderness? Am I disposed to helping others? Do I help with sympathy and consideration? Do I give without the hope of a reward ?

Damilola does not envy 

The Greek translation for the word “envy” means “to burn with zeal.” Literally, the sense is “to be heated or to boil over with envy, hatred, or anger.”

Am I convetous? Do I want what someone else has in the name of motivation? Is my love focused on my personal desires?

Damilola is not proud 

Do I have an inflated ego?

Damiloa is not rude 

To be rude means to act unbecomingly or act inappropriately to another person.

​Do I seek to cause problems? Do I belittle others? How do I interact or respond to family, friends, and even strangers? 

Damilola is not self-seeking 

Do I insist on my own way? Am I self- focused ?

Damilola is not easily angered 

Anger itself is not sinful but can quickly lead to sinful expressions.

What is my reaction when someone pisses me off? How short is my fuse ? Do I fly off at every provocation? Do I express my anger in sinful deconstructive ways? 

​“Love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

Damilola keeps no record of wrongs 

Am I forgiving? Do I take account of evil done to me and get back when I get the opportunity? Are bygones really bygones? Do I let the past stay in the past? Do I have a spirit of reconcilation?

Colossians 3:13-14 links forgiveness to love: “Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. 

Damilola does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth 

What is my general attitude towards sin? Do I cover up sin or seek to justify wrongdoing?

Psalm 1:1-2 tells us to not gloat or rejoice over someone else’s guilt by not delighting in evil.  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

​Damilola always trusts, always hopes. always perserves 

Love is an action word that “always” trusts, hopes and perserves. What is my attitude towards situations? Is it always positive? Do I have a loving approach that leaves no room for despair? 

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