Sunday, March 30, 2008

True Love? What's THAT, Anyways?

There are lots of ideas circulating out there as to what love really is. But, I think 1 Corinthians 13 expresses true love perfectly.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut.
Doesn't have a swelled head.
Doesn't force itself on others.
Isn't always "me first."
Doesn't fly off the handle.
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others.
Doesn't revel when others grovel.
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth.
Puts up with anything.
Trusts God always.
Always looks for the best.
Never looks back,
But keeps going the end. (The Message, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
I think that's a great way to say it. To me, love is a rocky hill, a huddled group of crying people...and a wooden cross, the man on it broken and bleeding. Every drop of blood shed for you. That you might know Him. That's true love to me.
True love is found in the elderly couple holding hands, in the woman coming to visit her alzeheimer-stricken husband, though he doesn't know her. In stepping in front of someone else to take their bullet. In simply denying yourself something for someone else. To me, that's what true love is.
Ultimate love was shown at the cross. There is absolutely no greater love than the love Christ had for you and me when He dies on that cross. None. Nowhere.
What's true love? True love is Jesus's love. Simple as that.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he should lay down his life for his friend."-John 15:13 (NIV)

3 comments:

emy said...

Coolio. Very good post.

Meggy T said...

Yea!!! You posted!!!
See Emy, taking a bullet for somebody of pushing them out of the way of a bus IS romantic! It's true love!!! And you said it was a good post. I win:P

emy said...

It's love, it's sacrifice, but not necessarily romantic, ESP. if it wasn't your true love you saved.