I have been reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and meditating upon these wonderful words of encouragement. Do any of us really know what love is? I find myself saying it all the time, to my husband, my kids, about my favorite things. But when I read this portion of scripture, I feel inadequate, I am woefully coming up short on many of these points.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
So, now that this is all out in the open for all to see exactly what love is, can it be credited to my account?
I think not. I am rarely patient with my children, rarely kind, I am jealous of what other people look like, I feel prideful often. I often act unbecomingly, not in public of course, only at home. I am too often looking out for myself, after all isn’t society always telling us you have to look out for number 1? When someone points out the truth of a wrong done, do I rejoice? Does my love cover a multitude of sins? Do I believe the best about people, my family? Do I hope and endure all things?
I read this to the kids this morning and we talked about all of the ways that we don’t show love. We talked about how we can and should show and love one another. Love is not just a word, or an emotion, it is an action too. I hope that I can keep this train of thought close to my heart and remember how Christ came and showed us through His life and death and Resurrection what love is.