Wednesday, September 12, 2012

LOVE really?


So, I have been reading the One Year Bible, and for some reason or the other, I got behind on my readings. However, with the One Year Bible, getting behind is not always a bad thing, because some of the stories are better when they are read in one sitting like the story of Esther. Which is what I read tonight.

Last week when I was having one of those days, I thought a lot about people who appear to desire not to be loved. They may be grumpy, don't respond to calls or text, will say some really crazy things, and God really wants us to love those people? You know the student with the smart mouth, the one who storms out of the room while blurting out "Bitch," and I am suppose to love that student? I mean, God really must know something about us that we do not know about ourselves.

Along with reading about Esther tonight, I read about love. (Oh, Lord, here He goes again!!)
1 Corinthians 13:1-7
New Living Translation (NLT)
Love Is the Greatest
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. 2 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. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Now, I have read this passage before, but for some reason, I'm sure that God will reveal it to me later, this passage really caused me to think tonight! What resonated is the idea that we can have faith, be very diverse in the things that we may know, give, but we are nothing if we do not love others. I started to ask myself, what does this kind of love look like, and the word answered for itself: "patient, kind, not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way........."

The part that made me want to do a hallelujah dance is "love never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." (Deep Right?)

Love is very, very high on God's priority list so I guess we better use everyday to practice loving so that we may get closer and closer to perfection and please God!

Not sure why I wrote this post, but here it is....

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