|Every day, commit to 'doing and being love' this way.|
Thursday, 4 December 2014
The First Corinthians, Thirteen, Four To Eight Way.
I did not plan to blog about this today.
I had one blog half done in my head about missing my Papa, my Prof and another one quarter done about how tough it is being a mom sometimes. You know, those times when they are 'going through' and you are sad but still a little happy because they call you and tell you just hearing your voice makes it a little better. Anyway, I figured I was not going to blog any of those. I really was not going to blog anything. But here I am tired and still stuck at my desk thanks to APC and its traffic-causing activities in the Onikan area of Lagos, Nigeria. Up Nigeria! *rolling my eyes sarcastically and tiredly*
So, I decided to take my mind off my predicament and share some time with you here. Blogging soothes me. Plus, I am still totally enthralled by Chip Ingram and his book - Love, Sex & Lasting Relationships - and it is from its pages I bring my 'love offering' today. I want to talk about Love. You all know the above scripture passage right? I'm certain you do but still here are the ever popular verses :
It is not boastful
Love is not proud
It is not rude
Love does not demand its own way.
It is not easily angered or irritable
Love keeps no record of being wronged.
Love does not delight in evil
But, rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love always protects
It never gives up or loses faith
Is always trusts and is always hopeful
Love never fails, it endures through every circumstance.
I am sure you just zoomed through because you think you know all the verses already by heart. You have heard sermons on them, seen them in wedding invitations, on posters, in greeting cards, in short, they are everywhere! They have become so familiar that they have lost all meaning. 'See finish' has robbed these scriptures of the power they are meant to have over us as Christians. Or how else do you explain the way we treat ourselves especially in courting or marriage relationships where this love is meant to exist?
Do me a favour. Go back up there and read those verses again. This time, take your time. Especially if you are half of a couple. Imagine the possibilities if the above words described how you treated each other? Imagine how your marriage would be if, on a daily basis, you determined in your heart to love your Spouse the 'First Corinthians, Thirteen, Four to Eight' way?
From personal experience I can tell you that the more you do love this way, the more you will experience marriage as God intended. More peace, more laughter, freer flowing communication, deeper mutual respect, trust and understanding. In short, a marriage like heaven. And you know what? Even if it does not work immediately or ever, you will be accomplishing on huge thing. What's that?
You will be 'becoming more Christ-like' because you will be loving like He does. The Agape way and as Chip Ingram puts it. This kind of love is ''giving others what they need most when they deserve it the least.''
Sort of like what God continues to do for us on a daily basis. Don't you agree?
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