Words and Thoughts from My Heart to My Children and Grandchildren
Saturday, November 28, 2015
In Depth Love
It's easy to say the words "I Love You!"
But to truly love takes more than words!
I Love YouMore songs have been written about love than about any other topic. It has inspired some of the world's best, and worst, poetry. It has set on fire, and broken, countless hearts throughout human history. Many things are said about love. Yet for the final word on the topic, we must turn to the Bible.
In 1 Cor. 13, the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, provides the world's most beautiful ode to love.
Paul chose a relatively rare Greek word for his definitive passage on love. This word, agape, describes a love that is based on the deliberate choice of the one who loves rather than the worthiness of the one who is loved. this kind of love goes against natural human inclination. It is a giving, selfless, expect-nothing-in-return kind of love. Paul's description of love is short but full of power.
Love suffers for a long time. Our modern "throw-away" society encourages us to get rid of people in our lives who are difficult to get along with, whether they are friends, family, or acquaintances. Yet this attitude runs in complete contrast to the love, described by Paul. True love puts up with people who would be easier to give up on.
Love Bears All Things
The godly love described in this chapter has nothing to do with evil, but has everything to do with what is right and true.
When we love, we may recognize problems and failures in people, but we do not lose faith in the possibilities of what people might become.
Love never gives up, knowing that God can change lives for the better.
Love accepts any hardship or rejection, and continues unabated to build up and encourage.
The love described by Paul in this "love chapter" means determining what is best for another person and then doing it.
This is the kind of love that God shows to us.
When we say "I Love You!" do we really mean it...
or is it just words?