Monday, February 9, 2015

Re-Post ~ Last, but Not Least, Love bears all things ~ Valentines 2014


I've been writing all week about dates , gifts , & acts of kindness towards others for Valentines . But today, Valentines Day , I felt compelled to write about love . Not the rom-com love , but real love . When typing that I hear the voice of the guy from "Princess Bride" in my head , "Wuv, tru wuv !" . 
I keep going back and forth with what exactly I hope to communicate through this one specific post , but I am struggling . I am not sure if it is a case of I have so much to say or if there is simply no way to say it . And as I looked for inspiration , resources , and words I found myself googling the definition of "love" . I found several , but none that fit what I feel to be the true definition of love ! I was all kinds of annoyed and thinking that perhaps I just shouldn't do this final post in my Valentine series .  Then , merriam-Webster came to my rescue !! I was surprised to see that the definition I was looking for was 4 links down . Yet , not really surprised at all , because that is exactly the point I had been hoping to make .
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>
b :  an assurance of affection <give her my love>
:  warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion <love of the sea>
a :  the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration <baseball was his first love>

b (1) :  a beloved person :  darling —often used as a term of endearment (2) British —used as an informal term of address
  a :  unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as
  (1) :  the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) :  brotherly concern for others 
Love as a " unselfish concern for the good of another " is these days , a seemingly foreign idea . I pray that my definition of love , no matter my relationship status or the day of the year , is always a "unselfish concern for the good of another" . From where I stand I believe that is the only way any of us or any relationship we have will ever truly survive . As I prayed over this post I asked the Lord to give me His words . Originally being frustrated by my writers block I suddenly realized He was answering my prayer . I close this series of posts wishing you a very Happy Valentines Day and with the following verses .
1 Corinthians 13:8 ESV
"Love bears all things , believes all things , hopes all things, endures all things ."
1 Corinthians 13: 13 - NIV
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 4-12 NIV
" 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,    but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.  Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
Romans 12:9-10 RSV
   " Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor."
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