1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Hmmmmmm, the fan hums, as it was accidentally left on, for the sake of sleepy white noise. One “Click!” and it’s silent. I meander to the kitchen to refill my tipsy mug. The bottom cracked and fell off two or three years ago and went missing on a snowy day at Heartfelt. With the melting snow of spring brought the reunification of more-than-a-slightly warped base and coffee mug. Eric does not share my love for this 8 or so year old thermal mug. On more than one occasion he has fallen victim to it’s tumultuous antics. He drinks and WEARS coffee quite well, as proven on several occasions.
Since I finished my coffee time with Heavenly dad about an hour ago, I have been pondering that last verse in 1 Corinthians 13. I know I’ve dissected the entire chapter but feel overwhelmed when I think of putting them all together.”Heavenly Dad, Can you please show me what YOU say love is?” Ask and ye shall receive! (Matthew 7:7)
One of my favorite passages of scripture EVER is in Act 17:11. Paul commends the church for not just listening to the words HE says but checking them/searching the scriptures to make sure he was right! I’ll bet most (hopefully) pastors would say the same thing. When I asked Heavenly Dad what love is, more than one chapter, He gave me TONS of info. I had to break it down in bullet points for me to understand so that’s the way I’m writing. I’m also going to “Pull a Paul” and include the scriptures at the bottom for you to double check my thought process. If you see anything I missed, PLEASE, let me know. This journey we are on together.
What is Love, from my Heavenly Dad:
-Love is a command
-since, if you love you know God, I’d assume if we don’t love we don’t know God. Am I reading that right?
-God gave the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of love: His only Son, part of Himself, for us to have the opportunity to be with Him in heaven. He loved US that much.
-Love is forgiving: covers a multitude of sins (keep that one earnestly)
-Dad reiterates my previous thought: if we don’t love, we don’t know Him
-Real love has no fear, it casts out fear. Fear has to do with punishment. If you are afraid in a relationship, the love is not perfect.
-The fruit of the Spirit, part of God is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
-Again: if we don’t love, we don’t know God AND God is love which means our love relationship SHOULD contain all that fun stuff from the previous point
-Love other people as much as you love yourself. There is no commandment greater than this one.
-A true friend will always love you (frenemies don’t count). Your kinfolk are the ones we often fight with (let’s just look at them as “friends,” shall we?).
-There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God…except ourselves(notice, that one’s not in there).
-His love quiets us. I think of that as when we are anxious, He can give us a peace that passes understanding.
-Real love cannot be quenched. If anyone is willing to sell love, it isn’t love at all.
-If you truly love the way God wants us to love, people will see that you are one of His kids, meaning we are part of Him and He is part of us.
I have a long way to go but at least I can clearly see my goals. Does that help you? Check it out for yourself:
1 John 4:7 “
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
John 3:16 “
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly since love covers a multitude of sins.”
1 John 4:20 “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
1 John 4:8 “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Mark 12:31 “The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.“
Song of Solomon 8:7 “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.”
John 13:35 “By this all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”
Until next time: Blessings