So, I’ve been dabbling with the thoughts of “love”; I’m not just talking about romance, or love between two persons. I’m talking about that as well as your family, and your friends.
I think there are times we’ve de-synthesized the phrase. I care about so many people…but I’m human and I think to myself, what does real love look like…
Regardless of religion, race, background, I believe this definition holds true, and serves as a strong guide to love.
“And now I will show you the most excellent way!
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all the mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
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 preserves.
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(woman), 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 in fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
2 Corinthians 13
The next time you say “I love you” to someone dear, think about it, don’t just say it, mean it. Honor and cherish the person you care for. If we all put others first, the world would be that much greater of a place.
p.s. the “putting away childish ways” part, that does not mean we stop watching cartoons, or stop singing disney songs, or stop acting like ninjas. It means that we are not always self-seeking, to the point of holding grudges, judging others, not forgiving, being rash, assuming, and stubborn. It means stepping out of the center of your universe and placing someone else on your throne.
What are your thoughts? :)