This entry is dedicated to Emily. And to all the Emily's who have ever been hurt, betrayed, abused, used, or misled by one who claimed to love them. As the world celebrates romantic love for Valentine's Day, stop and ponder what True Love is.
I Corinthians 13:4-8 The Bible's Definition of Love Today's text needs no explaination from me.....only the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you into full understanding and application. Read these verses in as many translations as possible! This is true love. Agape love. No one will never be able to fully love you this way and you will never be able to fully love in this way, either. But as I Corinthians 14:1 states, "Let love be your greatest aim!" We must aspire to it, but we will never fully attain it until our sanctification is complete in Heaven. I am posting a Paraphase of these verses by me, that I drew from several sources. God Bless you with real and abiding love!
Love bears pains and trails calmly and without complaint. It is disposed to be helpful and agreeable. Love is never suspicious, distrustful or apprehensive. Love is never begrudging of what another has. Love does not call attention to oneself, exaggerate or brag. Love is not arrogant or over-bearing. It does not feel superior to others. Love is not blatantly proud. Love is never excessively or exclusively concerned with oneself without regard to others. Love is never offensive, discourteous, vulgar or abrupt. Love does not insist upon or require it's own way. Love is not quickly annoyed or angered. Love does not take offense on slight provocation. Love has no deep seated resentment, nor abides ill will. Love will hardly pay attention, nor comment, when it's rights are violated or it is treated unfairly. Love is never glad about another's rights being violated or them being treated unfairly. It is not glad when hurt is inflicted upon someone. But love rejoices when sincerity abounds and lives align with God's Will! If you love someone, you will be faithful and unswerving no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, accepting trustfully, convinced of his good and worth. You will always think the best of him, and look forward to the best for him. You will always stand you ground to protect and shield them, maintianing your belief in the face of argument or hostile criticism.
Love is not a feeling, but a choice that leads to action! Love is not a noun, but a verb! It is in the doing. Love is continous and ongoing!