"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

~Robert Frost

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Love lifts us up where we belong

Scriptures that have been a special blessing this year.


"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mystery and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing." I Corinthians 13:1-3

This is what this year has been about for me, learning that none of these things that make me "look like a Christian" are worth even the breath of a moment -- not without love. I have so much to learn about loving like Jesus does, and these verses make it sound like learning to love like Jesus does is pretty much the most important thing I could be doing. So I've been clinging to the next five verses as well, to remind myself over and over what that is supposed to look like....

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

There is really nothing I can add to that. You see why it has been consuming my whole year.

1 comment:

  1. True Love is one of those things that breaks my heart on a regular basis too. I'm constantly confronted with how...lacking I am. Incredibly grateful that this is a Gift that He gives FREELY. And humbled by the fact that He patiently teaches me...but it is the makings of a life time of lessons. :)