"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
We may think we know what love is, but do we really? We throw that sentiment around I believe without really stopping to consider what love means. In reading the entire 1 Corinthians 13 chapter, not just to get it done, but to understand it, I discovered this glaring truth: love is....wait for it....one sided! It isn't dependent upon anything that anyone else does or doesn't do. No matter what, I'm to love. This love isn't superficial it's the love God bestows upon us; unconditional and undying, The Message states it this way, "Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end," 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. There's no wiggle room here. It's stated plainly and covers completely. We are to love in the deepest sense everyone at all times no matter what they've done, where they've come from or where they're going. It's time to stop demanding that our love be earned. We expect or rather, demand that others jump through the hoops we hold in order to obtain our love and favor. We weary far too many with unreasonable expectations that we ourselves don't want to adhere to. We're to love others the same way God loves us....warts and all.
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