Love.This week, I have been away with Jodie. This is the first time away we have had together in many years. Although our time has been a blessing, it has taught me a lot about love and commitment. One of my favorite pieces of scripture addresses these things very well. It was part of my scripture time this afternoon.
Paul writes about love here in 1 Corinthians 13;
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NLT
Although brief, Paul’s writing here reminds us that love is a commitment. It won’t always be easy, sometimes very difficult. But no matter what, it will never fail. I hope that Paul’s examples define the kind of love I show to people I care for. I often think that Paul is defining Jesus when he wrote those words. I hope he is, because that’s who I want to be like.
Till next week,