chew on this: love

“self-centeredness tries to take what it wants without offering the love (that thing) demands. it’s not loving to try to get from someone what would make you feel good without providing the context that would be the best for the other person.” — johnny vanderhorst

“let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” — philippians 2:4

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. it does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” — 1 corinthians 13:4-7

“this is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. this is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.” — 1 john 3:16 (the message)