Deep down inside, we all know the answer, don’t we?
As we contemplate the present and future of our nation and our own part in making a significant impact through our lives, a great biblical passage full of wonderful principles and truth emerges in 1st Corinthians chapter 13. We hear these familiar words at weddings every year, perhaps more than once a year for most of us. Could it be that the answer to so much is just right in front of our face, already lodged deep within our mind and soul, placed there by the God of the universe, the true lover of our hearts? I believe so and I think you do as well, regardless of whether you attend church or never walk in the doors.
Out of love for others and even love for yourselves and the condition of your own heart, I beg you to consider reading this passage slowly and more than once. You may find yourself staggered in the healthiest way, compelled to a new fresh start in your pattern of believing, behaving, and experiencing emotion or feelings. Go ahead, give these powerful words that are truly alive as they are written on this page an opportunity to chisel and sink into your heart. Even if skeptical, please just contemplate the idea of contemplating the integration of the passage. These are not my words and I have no agenda except to influence and encourage the experience and expression of something awesome, love.
Here we go!
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 NLT
We must have faith as our guide or we will lose our hearts and our way. Without hope to propel and drive our hearts onward, we are motionless and depressed. To be devoid of love, we have no hope of being united.
These three core principles of life itself and of basic faith are eternal. We can choose to embrace them and endure or reject them and suffer individually and collectively.
Love has an amazing way of transforming us as it rejoices in truth. However, only truth that is spoken in a loving way over time has a chance to truly heal and unite. May God bless you on your journey of life and on our journey together as we hold tight to His word and principles.