What is love? Love is many things to us. Responses received from middle & senior school students and staff during last week’s chapel stated that love was: caring for someone, friendship, huggles (not a typo), Jesus, putting others first and dogs smiling. There is nothing that screams love more than a smiling dog!
Our journey into what love is started with the words Paul wrote to the people of Corinth. In this letter, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, he states 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Those verses clearly articulate what love is and isn’t. Those statements are clear and concise and can be used as a measuring stick against how one shows love to others but that is not the only point Paul makes about love in this chapter. There is good wisdom either side of these verses but Paul ends chapter 13 by recognising that in life, when all else falls away, we are left with three things faith, hope and love with the greatest of these being love.
Love is great. Love is so powerful. A love that is patient, kind, protects, trusts, is hopeful, perseveres, is not self-seeking or easily angered, does not keep a record of other’s wrongs and rejoices with the truth is seen in Christ and is always within our capabilities.
I am the first to acknowledge that my family should not look to me for a perfect example of ‘being love’ but I am more than happy to be one to say that by consistently looking to Christ, we can better live out what love is to those in our lives. Crudely put, connecting with Christ regularly is just good PD! Living with that lens of what love is, is good personal development.
Place these words from Paul on your fridge, phone, mirror or car dashboard as a daily reminder of what love is. Love is powerful. It can change a person for the better in a moment. Love is that important.
Yours in Christ,
Middle and Senior School Teacher