The Love Quiz: This is Your Life

Love isn't a game or a game show. It's our God. It's our legacy.

By DR. DAN ERICKSON

The Beatles sang, “All You Need is Love.” And you know what, they were right.

However, definitions matter (a lot). The pop culture brand of love is mostly based on chemistry, ooey gooey feelings and self absorption. As soon as the feelings subside, relationships can be discarded. This is not, I repeat, not the biblical notion of love.

You and I were created with a void for God’s love that nothing else can fill. We are to live in the security of His unconditional love, but that’s not all. As God fills us with His love, we are to express His love to others.

You may have heard the expression, “Love’s not a feeling.” Well what is it then? It is a verb – and one that the Scriptures clearly define for us.

"For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that world through Him might be saved.” – John 3:16-17

You can describe God in one word: Love. To know God is to know love, for God is love (I John 4:8).

  • What kind of love do you possess?
  • What kind of love do you express?
  • Do you really want to know the answer to those two questions?

God is clear that we’re not to be known by our church attendance record, the size of (or knowledge of) our Bible or any exterior factor. We’re to be known by our love.

So how are we doing? The following is not scientific. But answer it honestly and let God use it to spur you forward, wherever you are at. It’s based on the principles of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

If you are truly a brave soul, have someone take it on your behalf.
 

The Quiz

1 = Nowhere to go but up
10 = I'm not Jesus, but close
 

1. Love suffers long and is patient.
“I am patient and will not give up when things don't go my way.” 
James 1:2-4                                           

What's your score?

2. Love is kind and tenderhearted.
“I am not stubborn, hardhearted, or continually demanding my own way.”            
Ephesians 4:30-32

What's your score?

3. Love is thankful and grateful.
“I am not jealous or envious of others.”
Philippians 4:6

What's your score?                                                                

4. Love is meek and humble.
“I seek only to practice humility and not to be prideful.”
Matthew 5:5 

What's your score? 

5. Love is selfless, is sensitive to others and puts their interests first.
“I am not selfish or demanding of my own way.”                                                               
1 Corinthians 10:23-24;33

What's your score? 

6. Love is joyful and glad.
“I am not easily irritated or provoked to anger.”                                                          
John 15:11; 17:13

What's your score? 

7. Love forgives all things and does not hold grudges.
“I will not keep record of those who have offended or wronged me.”
John 20:23              

What's your score?   

8. Love rejoices in the truth and will not believe lies.
“I will not gossip about others and seek only to speak the truth in love.”
Ephesians 4:15

What's your score?                                 

9. Love bears all things and endures all things.
“I will not give up or give in to what the world offers as love. I will always hope because I know God’s love wins in the end in every situation.”                                    
Galatians 6:2

What's your score? 

10. Love always seeks to bring peace and contentment.
“I will always seek to bring peace in every situation.”                                                     
Matthew 5:9

What's your score? 

What is one specific behavior or attitude that God has put on your heart to change? How can you submit your life more fully and practically in this area?

What do you want to be known by? I hope it is by your love. Someone once said that “LOVE, is the flag that is flown from the castle of the heart when the King is in residence there.” We do not surrender to our circumstances but to His love.

Imagine the possibilities!