On Love

In the last post, I mentioned how we’ve lost the true meaning of Love so I just want to elaborate a little more on what I’m learning it actually is.

First, it is not a noun or a thing that you can just have at a given point. It is a verb….a present active participle or whatever the correct grammatical term is to mean that it’s something you need to DO and keep doing. As a practice and a way of life. As a choice you continue to make. If you’re going to “love” correctly that is.

Secondly, Love is defined by God because He IS Love. And the definition is this:

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Sounds like a very nice poem read at weddings…but try replacing the words “Love” or “it” with your name. And read it out loud. Go ahead, try it.

Hard isn’t it? Yeah…I can’t read it without knowing that I’m lying. I’m patient and kind…sometimes. I usually don’t envy or boast or dishonor others…but I guess I’m pretty proud, though only self-seeking in certain situations. Easily angered? Not me…unless they deserved it. And I make it a point to forget the first three times someone sins against me. etc. Ha ha. Anyone with me on this??

Loving the way Love is meant to be lived out is hard, continuous work. When OTHER people can say that I am all these things, then I know I have learned to love well.

But I suspect it’ll take a lifetime to practice.
And it takes living through Christ to do it at all….for Whom I am SO thankful I have.
Because seriously, could I ever say “Andrea never fails”????
BAHAHA! I wouldn’t make it past breakfast.

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