On this last day of May what are you thinking about? I am thinking about love…you know the unconditional kind. The kind my daughter has been teaching me a lot about in the last few weeks. How do you love? Do you love because….xyz? OR do you love for nothing in return?
I think back to our marriage counseling sessions before we got married and all the reasons we loved each other had to be written down on paper. I struggled…I didn’t know why I loved Tim. The reasons didn’t come naturally to me. At the time and over the years, I have still struggled with putting into words why I love my husband. Not that there aren’t many reasons why I love him but none of them seemed like the real reason why. It has been in the last 2 years that I have fully started to understand the meaning of unconditional love. The reality of how our God loves us. We have one very difficult child that leaves us with no reason to love other than, I choose to love her. I get nothing out of it. Most often if I do get something out of it, it is a wound of some sort. I love her. Do you see that period? That is it, I love her. There is no other reason. How do you love? I challenge you today to look around at your life and question why you love. Question how you love. This year my only goal is to love more for nothing in return.
1 Corinthians 13
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The Way of Love
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own 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 strut,
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.
8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
12We 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!
13But 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.