What is love? How do you know it is real? How does it change your life? Is love something you can feel? How do you explain it?
I am not sure I know the answer to all these questions. Over the past several months I have personally experienced love in a way I never imagined. From falling deeply in love with a long lost friend, to getting engaged, to planning a wedding... LOVE is definitely something on my mind.
We are all familiar with the great love chapter of the Bible, but while on- ironically enough- one of my first dates with my fiance, we heard a unique and though provoking insight to the famous "love chapter". I would like to share it with you so that you can start your new year with a heart full of love because of the love that was shown for you.
I Corinthians 13 speaks of love. If God is love, and we know He is, then let's replace the word "love" with "God" and take another look at the precious meaning behind this passage of scripture:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have GOD, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have GOD, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have GOD, I gain nothing.
GOD is patient, GOD is kind. HE does not envy, HE does not boast, HE is not proud. HE does not dishonor others, HE is not self-seeking, HE is not easily angered, HE keeps no record of wrongs. GOD does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. HE always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
GOD 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 completeness comes, what is in part 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 the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a 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.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and GOD. But the greatest of these is GOD.
Take a moment today to remember that the true meaning of love, is not a feeling... it is an absolute, and that absolute is GOD!