God has been teaching me a new concept and depth and magnitude of love – the way He loves. The book of 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 is what I’d like to focus on today.
1 Corinthians 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
There is so much that can be said about love and so much that should be taught never to be forgotten about love but today, I will just look at a couple of aspects of love. LOVE DOES NOT KEEP A RECORD OF WRONGS. LOVE DOES NOT PARADE ITSELF. LOVE IS NOT PUFFED UP.
Again, there is so much that could be said but today, I will focus only on these few points. You see, love is selfless and outward facing. Loving someone is not about how you feel or how it makes you feel. Loving someone is about how you add value to them. This passage makes it very clear: Where there is love, there will be wrongs but the meaning of true love is that it does not hold onto past hurts and wrongs committed. It makes a decision daily to let go and keep going.
Love is a decision. You wake up everyday and say “Because I love you, I will stay, I will endure, I will not puff up, I will not parade our love, I will not keep a record, I will cast aside fear.” This is true regardless of the relationship. This is true regardless of where you are and who it is you love (platonic, spiritual, sexual, familial, or in any other way).
There are too many people walking around with so much hurt who don’t know how to love either because they have never been taught love or because they have been hurt. Today I want to say to you – I may not know how to love you the way you need to be loved, But I know who can love you the way no one else can.
I’m talking about Jesus.
There are people out there who think He never existed – or is a figment of my imagination – or is a fantasized ideology that I am sold to. Whatever you believe, I am living proof that true love exists and that God is love. You see, there was a time when I depended on the love of people (family, men, even the approval of strangers) to get me through the day. I have struggled with self confidence and self acceptance and I have finally come to LOVE myself. I don’t fully understand me, I see imperfections everywhere I turn, but that’s life. I’m not perfect, but God turned my self loathing and low self esteem into a love for Him and and a loving acceptance of myself. I struggled with my weight, I still do – but I love who I am and I work towards the healthy lifestyle I know I owe myself and the people who love me. I have struggled with abusive relationships – mostly emotional; one started to get physical – but I walked out and allowed God to show me what true love looked like. I have struggled with acceptance [self and from others] – and finally found the acceptance I needed and deserve in Jesus.
He stilled the storm that was my soul and I have never looked back. People ask me what it is I see in Him and how I can believe in a formeless, faceless idea. The answer to me is simple: LOVE. I don’t need to see love or touch love to feel love. And for me, the love I feel from my Jesus is more than words could say.
Whatsoever your struggle, whatsoever your situation, whatsoever your addiction, whatsoever your abuse, whatsoever you know and whatsoever you think you know, one thing is for sure, my Jesus loves you and His love does not keep a record of wrongs, does not parade itself, does not puff itself up and is not a fatal love.
His love will teach you daily that you are:
Beautiful – Empowered – Visionary
You are @BeautifulPetal_