“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”
~1 Corinthians 13:4-10~
Love is a very funny thing, emotionally speaking. By reading this passage you find out what the love of a parent is like and, for that matter & in my opinion, what the love of God is like. Jesus said,
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 22:36-40 With this explanation, everyone is our neighbor. However, we were also told by Jesus to “Love our enemies” as well. ~Matthew 5:43-48
Which is quite a bit easier said than done! Have you ever contemplated loving God? Let alone, loving Him with all your heart, soul & mind? There is an adage to extend a kindness to someone who can never repay for what you have done for them. So, now the question how can we repay God for all that He has done for us? We cannot! As we can, in no way out give God and His everlasting goodness. The only thing we can do is be as the traveler in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, by showing kindness and compassion to our fellow man…our brothers and sisters of another mother.
Be the Good Samaritan as you walk through life. Spend time with God in prayer and your fellow man as you travel through life. You can talk to God at any time you choose to speak to Him and your fellow man is all around you. Be the love of God to everyone you come in contact with, it just may change your life…and maybe someone else’s in the process!
Stay vigilant! Stay vocal! Stay blessed!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD