Since today is Valentine’s Day I knew I wanted to touch on the topic of love. There are so many different directions I could go on the topic, I wasn’t sure which one too take. Like most of my writings a little silent meditation pointed the way.
I started thinking about the love of my life, my beautiful wife, and our wedding. It was a hot day filled with lots of great memories with family and friends.
You’ve probably been to many weddings where 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 was read. We chose to have it read at ours too. It’s the one that goes:
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
I like those words. From my experience it’s a good definition of love. I decided to do what I always do when looking up a bible verse. I read it in several different versions of the bible (BTW, Biblegateway.com is a great resource to do this). That’s where I came across this version from The Message:
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.
Reading that version had me looking at it a whole new light. It went from being a definition of love to simple steps to follow to stay in love and grow your love!