Love is often talked about as a noun. Love is patient, love is kind, love doesn’t envy. Our culture has gotten used to making “Love” into a heart-warming noun, taking away the actions that go along with it. It is time to reclaim love as a verb.
It isn’t enough to define love as patient. We are to BE patient. Put love in action. Become “love” every single day.
Married? Great. There’s a decent chance you used 1 Corinthians 13 at your wedding, in a card, on a painting in your home, etc. You probably know that portion of Scripture by heart. How often do you act on the traits described in those 4 verses? Or has it just become a warm & fuzzy definition of what love should be in a perfect world?
The last time I wrote about this famous portion of Paul’s letter to the church of Corinth, I replaced Love with His name. It is pretty awesome to think about how God is all of those things right?! He’s patient, He doesn’t keep track of our wrong doings, He never gets envious… pretty amazing stuff.
But what happens when we build further on this idea? Let’s have some fun here and turn this into an applicable action(verb) filled portion of the Bible….
I will be patient
I will be kind
I will not be envious of my husband, nor will I be proud in my accomplishments and boast
I will not dishonor my husband or act in a self-serving manner
I will not be easily angered, leading to unfounded arguments
I will not keep a record of his wrong-doings, instead I will forgive and put them in the past (Just like God has done with all of my mess ups)
I will not delight in short-comings but rather I will rejoice in the truth
I will bear through all situations with him, I will always trust my husband, I will continuously have hope for our marriage’s future, and I will never waiver in this promise. Our relationship will never fail.
1Corinthians13:4-7 becomes more than a romantic passage quote by Christians and non-Christians alike when we choose to own the verbs in it. Become love. Take on the actions that define love. Wake up every morning and truck through every single day actively being all of those things to your husband or wife.
The past few days Matthew West’s song My Own Little World has been on my heart. The entire song is beautifully written, describing how Christians should live, although he doesn’t come directly out and say that. There is one line that is extremely poignant, “Start breaking my heart for what breaks Yours”. When this song is on the radio I sing along to it thinking about how lovely it is. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all lived like that? But honestly, I haven’t really meant the words when I sing them.
See, we go to church and sing along with the worship music, most times not thinking much about the lyrics. Sure the words are often warm & fuzzy, but how often do we really go before God and mean the words that we are singing during worship?
Today I decided to stop just singing along. I’m no longer just going to sing words that I don’t mean. It is time to really reflect on the lyrics and go before God with them.
My Own Little World is such a delightful song but it is an even more heartfelt prayer.
Start breaking my heart for what breaks Yours Lord. Please give me open hands and open doors. Put your Light in my eyes so that I can see that this world is not all about me Father. I don’t want to miss what matters Lord, help me to start reaching out. Show me the greater purpose so I can start living right now, outside of my own little world, outside of myself and my needs and my wants. I pray this is Jesus name.Amen.
In honor of this revelation I’ve decided to start posting about different initiatives, needs, and missionary work that I come across. There is so much we can do to help others and show them God’s love while spreading the Gospel, yet there are very few of us that fully go all in to do something. Time to step out of our little worlds with Population:1 and reach out to everyone else.
I hear too many females say, "I just want a guy that will love me for me and love me forever." I got a great guy for you, his name is Jesus Christ. He's the king of romance. The definition of love. The perfect husband.
When learning about what love truly is the 1st block was looking at love from the very foundation, God. ”..God is love.” (1 John 4:8) is a really powerful concept. It is important to know this first when learning about what love truly is.
Let’s dive further into how the Bible describes “Love”.. yes, this time we are going to flip through the Bible to 1 Corinthians 13.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;
love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;
it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails…But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
I’m pretty sure basically everyone knows that part of Scripture by heart. I don’t think I’ve been to a wedding that hasn’t had it included in their program or at some point during the vows.Instead of going in-depth about how this pertains to couples I want to go in a different direction, how this pertains to God and us. Building blocks.
God is love.
Lets take this to a whole different level.
Godis patient, Godis kind. Goddoes not envy, Goddoes not boast,God is not proud. Godis not rude, Godis not self-seeking,Godis not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. Goddoes not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Godalways protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Godnever fails.
By knowing who God is, we are better able to know His ways and truly accept Christ into our lives.
I had the privilege of having a heart-to-heart with another single Christian woman from church recently. We were talking about how we had both decided to put dating on the back-burner while we earnestly chased after God and His will. A question came up that has stuck with me though. “We are waiting for love, real love, but how will we know what love really is?” It was a valid question. We live in a society where everyone seems to be falling in and out of love constantly. Marriages seem to fall apart far more easily than they ever should. All of those couples say “I do” with the intentions of sticking it out “for better or for worse” because they “love” one another. But how do we really know what love is? Has our society gotten the definition of “love” wrong?
According to the good people at Webster, Love is: a (1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <maternal love for a child> (2): attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers(3): affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests <love for his old schoolmates>
Hmm..well I suppose that is a decent enough definition. After all, Webster is a very reliable source for definitions. But is there a more reliable source? Oh yes, the Bible! What better place to learn about what love is than from the Creator? Let’s take a look at the most powerful verse on love… No not 1 Corinthians 13…
1 John 4:8
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Think about that for a moment.
The Creator of Heaven,Earth and everything else IS love. He is love in its purest form. Everything He does in the Bible shows His love for us. Jesus died on the cross because He is love.
How then could we expect to ever truly have love in our earthly relationships if we do not know God?
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting up a blog for quite a few months now but keep putting it on the back-burner. Why is that?
1. Three letters…TBI. Let’s get real here, I have a Traumatic Brain Injury. I promise that sounds far scarier than it actually is. Living with a TBI makes it super hard to pull off something like writing a blog. Prime example, I’ll come up with a really great idea of what I want the first post to be about…then I’ll come up with another one..then I’ll bounce back to the original idea..then I’ll try to combine the two.. So pretty much my creative brain is like a pinball machine which tends to not be conducive with writing.
2. Commitment issues: Yes, that’s right, I have serious commitment issues. The idea of not only starting a blog but having to write on it faithfully is somewhat terrifying.
3. Picking a theme: Every blog I’ve ever read has had some sort of theme or focus. What will mine be? Does it really need to have a theme? Would it be wrong for me to have a blog that focuses on apologetics & teaching about the Word in one post and them has my version of an editorial giving my opinion on politics in another? Oh decisions, decisions!
Despite these things I’ve decided it is time to start this blog up. With that being said, expect this blog to be a bit scatterbrained at times. Don’t be surprised if the blog goes days without being updated. I surely won’t be the perfect blogger nor do I think this blog will become huge like some of the others (although I hope I’m wrong on both accounts) but I will give it my all.
Some people minister through a Sunday sermon, others through mission trips. Others spread God’s Word through their awesome music or on the football field. I’m not the type of person who has been called to do any of those things. I do believe though that God has led me to start a blog to reach out to non-believers through my experiences as an Atheist. <-That is a story for another post though! I also hope to be able to bring deeper revelation to other Christians and help prepare them follow the plea of Peter in 1 Peter 3:15 ( but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect). I have many hopes for what this blog will do and who it will reach. I pray that it will be a blessing to many people from different backgrounds and in different places in their walk with God.