14 February 2014

so..love...

We see lots of red hearts and red roses around ... it's 14th February, Valentine's day.


So...love is what makes the world go round, they say. Also, what the world needs is love. 

Do people have the same definition of love? 

We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). So if we want to know what real/true love is, look up to Jesus who is love Himself, love personified. 

The love chapter 1 Corinthians 13 (read below) talks a lot about what love is and what love is not. The words are applicable no matter what type or level or intensity of love you have with anyone. 

"If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 
(Copyright: NRSV)


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