Tuesday, 07 August 2012
It's not what the world shows, with it being veiled between two lovers with all the passion that it may contain, but rather something deeper and more important.
I've realized one major thing in my life thus far: that Love is a choice. We choose to Love. It requires not only a choice, but also an action.
Let's take a look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Looking closely we must realize what love truly is: it is a verb. It requires action to enable it's content to truly be recognized.
Love is.... that alone speaks volumes. It defines something that requires thought and consideration.
But what does Love in action mean?
I remember when I first chose to live a Christian life. I remember that God loves me in spite of my own failings.
This means that he is forever patient with me, and treats me with kindness. He doesn't boast or is prideful in himself, and there's no reason for Him to be envious. He doesn't dishonor others or is self-seeking - after all He came as a servant to show us what love means. He wasn't easily angered, and he keeps no record of wrongs. He doesn't delight in evil but rejoices with the Truth. He protects us, trusts us, has hope for us, and perseveres.
Where have I failed in love?
I have lost patience and wasn't always kind to others. I have shown I've been envious of others and talk to anyone who knows me that at times I've been full of pride and tend to boast. I'm guilty of self-seeking and at times get easily angered. Of course I try not to keep a record of wrongs - but I've failed miserably in that as well. I have tolerated and sometimes laughed at what some are called evil things and have at times rejected truth. I've failed in protecting those I care for, I tend not to trust some people, I have lost hope at times and struggle with perseverance.
Now how many of us all have failed in love? How many times have we chastised others for their lack of compassion, or the way they live? I'm sure we all have failed.
We may not agree with how people live their lives -- or condone certain behaviors -- but the reality is we must still love them.
The action of love shouldn't and doesn't mean we provide justification for someone else's behavior. We should love someone in spite of their actions.
It doesn't require an apology either, we should love someone in spite of their actions against us. It doesn't require a condition of someone else's actions, rather it requires the person to choose love.
Love builds people up, it shows them what is right above what is wrong. It remains in spite of all of our failings, and encourages us when we do fail.
It heals hurts, it overcomes struggles. Love conquers all.
I submit therefore to choose love.
When have you chosen to love? Is there someone you show love to that other people might not? Who is the most difficult person to love?