(Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. What else can I say except… life. Charge it to my head and not my heart. Nonetheless, in this wedding season 2013 I thought a little blog about love might be appropriate. Check it out.)
1 Corinthians 4-7 says:
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.
Now… if that very familiar passage of scripture is the true Biblical definition of what love is, then where do we get this idea that love is a feeling or that love must encompass all of the googly eyes and heart shaped chocolates and fireworks and skipping barefoot through a dandelion meadow that we usually associate with love? How did the definition of love become so diluted and polluted? Based on the scripture above, love is functional. Love serves a purpose. Love is an action word as opposed to an emotionally based response. In a very real sense, love is a choice (especially if you have to do all of that just to be Biblically accurate). So the next time you tell someone “I love you” test yourself to see if you really mean it by substituting the following phrases for “love” which would make “I love you” read like this:
“I [choose to be patient and kind with] you.”
“I [choose not to be envious of, boastful with, or prideful with] you.”
“I [choose to not dishonor, not to be self-seeking, not to get easily angered with, OR keep a record of wrongdoing with] you.”
“I [choose to rejoice in truth with] you.”
“I [choose to always protect, always trust, always hope, and always persevere with] you.”
I KNOW I don’t get this right all the time. It’s easy to apply these “love” substitutions when it’s people you like, but what about people you don’t like? What about your co-workers that are out to “get you”? What about your crazy neighbors? What about your enemies? The great thing is that God’s grace covers us until we can not only get a clear understanding of the Word, but a clear application of the Word in our lives. Jesus was/is all about love and, as Bible believing Christians, we need to be the same way.
I know… easier said than done, right? Think of it like this, if Jesus did it, and He lives on the inside of us, and the power inside of us is greater than that which is in the world (1 John 4:4), then we can do it too.
What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.