What is love if it doesn’t expect more—what difference would it make in
What is love without patience? If it is too critical and leaves no room for growth,
how would you explain the difference between love and being judgmental?
What is love if it fails to acknowledge shortcomings; will the results be a brighter
future? And if forgiveness is absent when there’s a misunderstanding or a
violation of trust, what other method could resolve this issue?
What is love if it demeans or is abusive; is that the fuel to use to stimulate
affection? Moreover, without convictions, who has the leverage?
Too often, many searching for love are enticed by what love isn’t, hoping to find
their soul mate. Out of fear of being alone, they overlook the essential quality
necessary for both—character. There is no other test for happiness than that.
Good humor, for example, is medicine for the soul, but joking that is insensitive
can cause much pain. In contrast, you need to know there is no negative way to
express love. One can either continue to experience unpredictable hardships
guessing what love is or learn that compatibility in relationships is only attainable
when there’s justification in God’s word to believe when attracted to someone,
that’s the right person to have in your life.
So, what is love?
It is the sacrifice of self to do the will of God. For in “love” are all the virtues
necessary to have a blessed life. Nothing else can liberate your soul from the
insecurities of being you than to have God-like character. And Christ Jesus was
the embodiment of these virtues. Can you find them in this reading?
(Inspired from I Corinthians 13:4-7.)
Written by William Land
Pastor of St. Albans COGIC
St. Paul, MN