Love

We’ve all heard the verses of what love is (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).  We hear them at almost every wedding that we attend.  They are powerful verses because they describe God.  Yes, God is love (1 John 4:8).  But there is something more about these verses that we so often leave out. 

    If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 
    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.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
    And now these three remain; faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love. 
 – 1 Corinthians 13

Love is so much more than patient and kind.  Without it, we can do nothing.  Love is from God and it makes us whole once again.  It defines who we are.

We cannot expect to do anything if it is not in love.  Yes, anyone can give charity to the poor, feed and cloth the homeless, comfort those who mourn, but what makes followers of Christ different is the fact that we do it out of love. 

When you walk down the street, do people notice something different about you?  How about when you are driving and stuck in traffic?  Or sweating on the work site?  Do you radiate love in everything you do?

It’s hard at times, but when we follow the teachings of Christ, when we are Baptized by the Spirit of God, we become new.  Transformed.  We gain the Spirit which allows us to live with Love in our hearts.  everything we do should be in love. 

All our conversations.  All our relationships.  All our activities. 

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 
 – 1 John 4:7-8

God Bless and PEACE

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