Friday, December 2, 2011
"THE WAY OF LOVE"
Good Evening to All!
If I give everything I won to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
LOVE never gives up.
LOVE cares more for others than for self.
LOVE doesn't want what it doesn't have.
LOVE doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.
We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us! (13) But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly. love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
1 Corinthians 13:3-8, 12-13 The Message Bible
The true meaning of love is taken for granted so much now days. I have heard often that love is an enigma. Something which cannot be explained. More songs, sonnets, ballads and poems are written about love than any other theme. The problems with all of these are that often they only describe physical feelings, or emotional responses rather than real love.
People don't seem to give any kind of DEEP thought as to what love is truly all
about. I mean lets think about it. I have heard people ask others what they want in a spouse. Too many times I have heard; attractive looks, intelligent, sense of humor, ok, I'll give them a couple-- honesty and kindness.
They have not even given thought as to what love entails which is putting other's needs above their own, do their best to please their partner in every way through our words and actions.
Willingness to forgive is a big part of love. When we forgive, we don't keep a record of hurts. This is not a matter of allowing or enabling someone to do wrong, but rather unselfishly wanting the best for the person. To truly show love, we need to forgive grudges, release jealousies, and commit to encourage people we enabled to change their behavior.
Really, I don't understand why the idea that love is hard to explain ever came into existence. If we would just treat others the way we would want to be treated, love wouldn't need an explanation.
Love, the greatest of the three virtues of faith, hope, and love , is worth exercising and understanding
Good Night to All and May God Bless!