Living to Love

Well, after yesterday’s post which had virtually no solid Scripture, I thought I should make up for it. This whole issue of pseudo-love, which is splattered all across the media, has been irritating me for some time now. In our society, “love” can be synonymous with “sex” or “high levels of mutual attraction”. Haha, it doesn’t even have to be mutual any more…
So what is love? Let’s take a look here.

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 13:4-8a

Sadly, this used to seem very dull to me. Almost abhorrent, actually. It used to be just another list of do’s and don’t’s (um, however the apostrophes work there) that would be typed out and framed and strategically placed throughout people’s houses. In our case, it’s hanging in my bathroom. As with all other Biblical structures, however, I am learning that God doesn’t just give us a paragon, or perfect model, with a bunch of rules tacked to it–merely for the sake of having rules for us to heed. Rather, He gives us a structure (rigid though they may seem) so that we can fully enjoy it in the most absolute, purest capacity. After all, how are we to truly love someone if our motives are selfish, or if we are constantly holding a grudge list against them? And would you believe someone truly loved you if they were always rude or arrogant?

I’m not referring to the personal relationship kind of love: I’m talking about the love that is demonstrated through our actions, represented by how we live. We are called to live a life of love, the way Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us (Eph. 5:2)…and we have the blueprints to follow through with it.  So let’s do it.

 

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3 thoughts on “Living to Love

  1. In my life for the last year or year-and-a-half, I have consciously considered love (for Christ’s sake) to be my chief focus of working out my faith, and during that time, “love is an action” has been the theme, doing things for the benefit of others. It includes fulfulling responsibilities or doing nice things, helping others with a challenge or encouraging people to press on. I find more and more that it really is the sum of the walking this life for our Father through the grace provided by the merciful sacrifice of Jesus.

  2. That is really encouraging! 🙂

    And to tack on, don’t you also find that when walking for God and not yourself, life is actually more satisfying and rewarding? I do! (I don’t succeed all the time, but I’m working on it–and God’s grace is sufficient.)

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