Thursday, February 10, 2011

What is Love?

     Let’s just get along and love each other! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? However, love can be very disappointing. People that are suppose to love me mess up. People I am to love, I end up disappointing. Love is hard! It seems the more I try, the more I don’t live up to expectations. When I love some people well, I end up ignoring others. Sometimes, I wish I was a big cloud that could just float over all those I care about and rain down my love on them. But there I go living in my fantasy world again! Scripture speaks in great lengths on love. The most famous scripture on love is 1 Corinthians. It is a beautiful scripture but every time I read it, I realize how my love falls short. Let’s look at the description of love according to 1 Corinthians 13:3-8:

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up/ love is patient
Love cares more for others than for self / love is kind
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have / it does not envy
Love doesn’t strut / it is not proud
Doesn’t have a swelled head / it does not boast , is not proud
Doesn’t force itself on others / it is not rude
Isn’t always “me first” / It is not self seeking
Doesn’t fly off the handle / it is not easily angered
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others / it keeps no record of wrongs
Doesn’t revel when others grovel / Love does not delight in evil
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth / but rejoices with the truth
Puts up with anything / it always protects
Trusts God always / it always trust
Always looks for the best / always hopes
Never looks back but keeps going to the end / always perseveres
Love never dies / love never fails
The message / NIV

  Wow! It seems this is an impossible feat. How can I ever love in this manner? As long as I am the one loving, it is an impossible feat. However, God is love. Love is of God. If I have Jesus living inside of me and I let Him love others through me, it is not an impossible feat. Reread the list and this time do not read it as a list of your failures but as a list describing how God loves you. Since the very character of God is this kind of love, how can we ever doubt His love for us! He can’t help but love us,


Steph said...

WOW I can see how when reading that scripture it makes us feel like all the love we have and give could never match up.
I have always said that the one of the things I am most thankful for is God's Love. This verse can definitly be a guideline for us to LOVE by. :-)

Steph said...

That is such a good reminder of how vast God's love is. He loves us that way and never faulters. It is almost beyond comprehension.