Love Is …….
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
I have been pondering love a lot lately. I think it comes with the territory when you have soon to be 2 year old grand-twins, two grandsons under age 5 and are at the beginning of new relationships. Love is an immense concept. Well worthy of deep pondering. So why does it flood your mind with sweet nothings? When I hold my sweet grandchildren my heart and mind turn to sweet mush. I just know it makes me feel good inside.
I John 4:16 states that “God is love.” If this is true then the passage quoted above helps us define who God is. It seems to me that in the New Covenant God reveals Himself to us in ways totally different from the Old Covenant. Today God is all about love and forgiveness, but in times past it seems that God was about blood soaked vengeance and such. Has God changed? Or has Jesus opened a whole new window to see God through? I think Jesus was a total game changer and His blood purchased for us a new forgiveness and love, the likes of which was never seen before on this earth. But of course Jesus always was and the Father always knew and The Spirit has always revealed. It is just up to us to walk in His love today as we understand Him.
Think about it? If God is love then can we say the following considering 1 Corinthians 13 ?….. God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God is not rude, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails..
That makes me think hard about just who God is and I feel that it fits God extremely well. In Christ, God fully opened His life to us and now Grace prevails like it never has before. It makes me draw even closer to God when I know He is not angry at me and He keeps no record of my wrongs. Today I am experiencing love from a wide variety of sources and angles, and this love makes me draw near to Him and walk a better walk towards others. I hope this makes some sense today, but then again I am surrounded in love so who knows? Sometimes love doesn’t make much sense, but I know when I am in it. It helps me to remember that the very first thing love is, is patient. So Lord, please help us all to be patient today. We want to run beside You, and not in front of or behind You. Please help us to keep in step with You and Your love all of our days.
Kirk Out !
P.s. John Boy’s quadruple bypass surgery did not go well. His diabetes has adversely affected his tissues and one of the valves was totally shot. They completed the triple bypass with complications. If John Boy wants to live he will have to take insulin that he has been avoiding for years and stop being his own DR and dietician. He is in stable, but critical condition now.