Monday, February 15, 2010
The other day, during a meeting, one of the missionaries read 1 Corinthians 13. It is an overly familiar passage, and like most of the earth's population, Dustan and I had it read at our marriage ceremony.
But, during this reading I saw it with new eyes. I love when the Holy Spirit causes us to see something new!
You know- God does not command us to do something He has not already done- something He is not already doing. All those things that Paul reminded us about love? It is simply a mirror of what God feels towards us! Do you realize how exciting... and humbling this is?
No valentine can ever compare with God's love towards us. No man made expression can beat out what He did for us!
God's love for us suffers long. (Boy does it ever!)
God's love for is is kind. It does not envy. It doesn't parade itself or get puffed up. (Which is why we sometimes go throughout our day ever forgetful of the magnitude of it.)
God's love does not behave rudely, nor does it seeks it's own benefit. It is not easily provoked and thinks no evil. (God's mercy towards us begins in this great love!)
God's love does not rejoice in iniquity. Rather it finds great joy in TRUTH! (Hang your hat on it.)
God's love: bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. (soak in that for a while. It's overwhelming- this love of God's.)
GOD'S LOVE NEVER (EVER) FAILS!!!!! When everything else fails us. When the stars are misaligned (I speak tongue-in-cheek), when our friends are too busy for us, when our government leaders break their promises, when our Christian heroes are caught in sin, when our family moves away, when we become so tired we can hardly breathe, when everything we have learned is revealed as false knowledge. GOD's LOVE NEVER (EVER) FAILS!!!!
Holy. merciful, righteous God, full of perfect love. Make us more like you. May the world catch just the slightest glimpse of this love- living in us, and it will bring them to their knees. Amen.