Friday, February 14, 2014

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7


As we learn elsewhere in the scriptures, charity is everlasting, perfect love: the kind of love that God has for us.  And in looking at this chapter that talks about it a lot, and specifically these verses, we can see how different this kind of love is from the kind of love we see glorified in our society.  If we have this type of love, we will be patient with our troubles.  We will be kind.  We won't be upset because other people have cooler stuff than we do.  We won't boast or promote ourselves over others.  We'll behave appropriately.  We won't be selfish, and we won't let things upset us.  We won't think evil, and we won't rejoice in sin.  Instead, we'll love truth, and rejoice in that. :)  We'll go through what the Lord asks us to experience and learn from, and we'll continue hoping and believing in him, through it all.
Today, let's remember what perfect love is.  Not some love that we have no choice in, even though it is bad for us.  Not something where we fall in and are trapped forever.  Not some juvenile crush-lust that we abandon the instant that intense feeling is gone.  Love is so much more than the corrupt way it has been depicted.  It's bigger, and better, and truer.  So, let's look farther, and learn the truth from our Father, who will teach us and lead us to the true and real kind of love, as we look to him for help.  He loves us all so much more than we can currently imagine.  *That* is a truth to rejoice in. :)

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