Oct 7, 2015

{Day 7}: No Greater Love

Today's word prompt: LOVE


The feeling that's no stranger to anyone, a powerful emotion that can affect our behavior and even our way of thinking.  And yet, the real meaning could sometimes be so lost in how we view it in the world's perspective. 


It's what everyone craves.  We long to love and be loved.  And if love is not reciprocated, oh how we suffer in pain.


It's what sometimes brings us to tangles of other different emotions. It's what drives us to be brave, compassionate, self-sacrificing and yet on the other end it could also make us feel jealous of others, possessive of the ones we love, sometimes even controlling.  But I believe that real love always brings out the best in us, never the negative emotions that we associate it with.

I think Paul sums up love beautifully in his letter to the Corinthians:

"Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
  It does not dishonor others, 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."

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

And who has shown us that perfect kind of love?  No other than Jesus who laid down His life for us sinners, dying on the cross to redeem us with His own blood.

"Greater love has no one than this,
that someone lay down his life
for his friends"
John 15:13 (ESV)

Whenever I'm asked what love is, I always look to the cross, for that is where the greatest love was demonstrated, the laying down of one's life for such undeserving sinners like me and you.

Such grace, such love. 

And if you have received that overwhelming kind of love, you can't help but let it overflow and pour it out to everyone and share it those who don't yet know how much love God has for each and everyone.  

God's love is all-consuming, constant, steadfast, unconditional, and it never runs dry.  What joy and comfort to be loved by our Father.

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