Sharing glimpses of my journey through life as I endeavor to Fully Rely On God for Peace

Love Is in the Air

Is it just me or is it incredibly difficult sometimes to love others? It can be so much easier to stand in judgment of, respond in fear to, gossip about, or go on a fault finding mission with our friends, family or co-workers. Judging others is simple because all it takes is a trusted rule book and black and white thinking. People are either right or wrong, right? correct? And if they’re wrong, well, someone needs to show them the error of their ways. Responding in fear is convenient. If we don’t understand someone, have never been exposed to someone’s ethnicity or culture, or disagree with them politically, we can hide behind our fears and therefore, not learn about our differences, or dare ourselves to grow in understanding. (Read: Run away! Run away!).

Just attach the suffix “phobia” to whatever unsettles us and it can be glorified as a “condition” and all of a sudden we are a victim and we can therefore take minimal responsibility for our responses.
You Don't Scare Me Now!
Gossiping about others can be oh, so satisfying. Especially when cutting others down or telling a juicy secret gives us power or makes us feel “better than”. And it’s okay as long as we do it under the guise of “asking for prayer” for others, right? Bahaha!

Along the same lines of gossip is the tempting mission of fault finding that is so easy to launch in our minds. We might certainly justify it as being okay because we keep it all to ourselves and God. Again, so simple to do. And it can give us the mistaken feeling of being in control and/or feeling more worthy of a gold star than the screw-up on the other side of the room. If they are so messed up, I must be a better Christian, parent, spouse, employee, friend, etc., etc.

But what if, only for a day, we tempered every response with love? That can be a tricky thing to contemplate, I mean, what is love?

We’re certainly bombarded by messages from Hollywood, multi-media of all forms, and even childhood experiences that can shape our beliefs about love.
Love = glamor and beauty and gifts of material things. Love = happiness and joy and feelings of wedded bliss. Love = attention and acceptance and sex.

If we base the concept of love on feelings rather than facts, it’s tempting to only be satisfied when we feel “love is in the air” and to become restless or unsatisfied when blown away by the winds of change.

Love Is In Air

It can be a sobering revelation when we learn that love takes great effort and commitment. And it is often more about hard work and dying to self than feelings of butterflies and flying sparks. The apostle Paul wrote about love in his first recorded letter to his friends in Corinth and he emphasized the significance of having a spirit of love toward others. He wrote:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Each and every day we have a choice in how we respond and react to others. Just for today, and one day at a time, I will try to choose love.

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  • 1 Janice M. Sullivan yazmış:

    Hi KIddo: Great work, keep it up. I have put off checking into your blog and I am blown away with your gift of words on paper. I fully agree with the love comments. I have always been afraid to voice some things for prayer due to gossip and have held back and kept it to myself. Since we have been back in Sulphur, I seem to have lost that fear. Praise the Lord. Well got to run and will check in another time. Love ya, Janice

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