This post on Biblical Womanhood
touched me as it is so true. Sometimes we do not see that we value things, or even our feelings over love. this of course is a homemaker’s paraphrase, but the chapter hold so much meaning! Check out her post if you have a chance, but meanwhile, think on this chapter!
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. <p>
Though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith so that I could move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.<p>
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. <p>
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. <p>
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. <p>
Love never Fails. <p>
I think of that last line. Love never fails. I think that sometimes we do not understand what love is, really. We think we do, until we are tested. When someone accuses us wrongly and we react in anger and say "We love them, but they are so wrong that someone needs to show them the right way. I am never speaking to them again." I have felt this way so many times, but God has been showing me how that is not love. Love is not being nice when people are nice to you and speak well of you.
Love is when we are falsely accused and lied about, spoken badly of and we still are there loving them and not speaking badly of them in return. I think this is one of the hardest tests of being a christian. We read above how we can have gifts of the greatest kind, even give ourselves as a martyr, yet it would not count for anything if we do not have love. Yet, how often do we behave rudely? I have been guilty of this? How often do we get provoked by something someone else has done in the name of "standing up for ourselves"? <p> I have also been reminded of another verse that I memorized as a child often this past few weeks, <p>
Love your enemies, Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, Pray for those who despitefully use and and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father which is in heaven.<p>
Do you think that is an easy command? I have had people tell total lies about me, I have had people who hate me. It is so hard to love them, pray for them and do good to them. Jesus could not have known how awful they are, could He have? <p> I think He could know. I think He could know the pain of being betrayed by one of his closest friends. I think of some of the experiences I have had that I do not share with others as they are just too painful sometimes to face. It is hard to realize that Jesus was not saying that they did something that was right, but that He was giving us something to do about it. <p> His way does not look easy to the naked eye, but we must remember "My way is easy and my burden is light."