Love, a word known to all. Weighty, easy to say, easy to drop it in our conversations but hard to practice. Could there be a difficulty in understanding it? Is it that corrupted? Or have we mixed it up until we don’t know what it means?
Just the other day we talked about love in a group, referenced to the bible and i was left perplexed at how deep this four letter word is. Can i ever measure up? Probably not. Can i try? Definitely yes. Indispensable, according to the dictionary is, extremely important and necessary. Love is key, it is essential. Remember the greatest commandment?
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
What then is love? How do we love?
The book of 1st Corinthians 13 helps us to unravel the mysteries that surround love. We are told how spiritual gifts ( speaking in tongues / prophecies / mountain moving faith e.t.c ) are void, mean nothing if done without love. Are these gifts, though looking important and more valuable are useless without love. They are incomplete. But what is love?
- 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
- Love always trusts
- Love always hopes
- Love always perseveres
- Love never fails
The list of what love is and what it isn’t is quite long. Ever pondered about these and accessed your love meter? I must say, i keeping an occurrence book is my highlight. How do we forget the negatives that happened to us in the past? Its quite a task.
When i look back at the wrong things i have done, every other minute am asking God to forgive me and at no point in my life has He gotten tired of forgiving me. He never refers to my past mistakes. Yet it is very difficult to forgive and love my neighbor. How am I supposed to measure up?
We are all a work in progress. Sometimes, God is not through with the people we relate with and thus, we have to be patient with them. None is perfect. An attitude of love, putting on love can change our lives for the better.
Ever thought of being kind to that person who annoys you? Ever thought of not being envious of someone who is doing better than you? Ever thought of being “slow to anger” ? Ever thought of trusting and persevering even when it seems impossible?
T.D Jakes says “the root of all sin is selfishness“. When we think about what we want, what we deserve, what we need….me, myself and i…then we lose the way of love. We want people to be patient with us yet we can never be patient with anyone. We want people to tolerate us yet we cannot stand them. The point is, WE ALWAYS WANT MORE THAN WE CAN GIVE. How about we start giving out what we want for ourselves?
Every last one of us, our love is being tested in every area of our lives. At work, how do we relate with our colleagues? At home, how is our relationship with family? May God give us the grace to practice love. Our lives would be much more enjoyable when love abounds.
TRY Love because It NEVER FAILS.