Life presents us with things we never though could happen. My life changed in 1973 when my dad died. A 18 year old girl who was broken and watched a mom who wanted to die too. She was in her early 40's and her grieving took over her life for the next 40 years. It's all so sad, but it's the true. I decided to take her to church months after my dad died. It didn't really change her, but it certainly changed me. I heard a Sunday School teacher speak of her dad's death and her anger to God. It felt like my story. Then she spoke of letting go and letting Jesus help her. She said she let love become real in her life. What was love and how do you do that? She gave me this chapter to hold onto in life.
1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor 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.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
LETS BE REAL ~
Life isn't always fair and that's from a human view point. Yet, God has a plan that unfolds and we hold onto his truth of life. We have too much to gain following Jesus than to go the other way. God draws us to him by his spirit. Lean not to your own understanding, but hold onto faith.
At 18 years old, I didn't even know what love was about and how to put it into practice. I would read this chapter over and over about love. Then I ask God to help me and that's where it all began. I had a desire to learn and let my anger go away. I see now how little by little, I began to learn and grow in my life. Casting off the words said to me and about me. Grabbing onto God's words of hope, love, peace and desires to press forward. Life goes by way to quick. Let us put on a praise of a new day and follow in God's love this day. Faith, Hope and Love are very real. Purpose this a good and my prayers continue for the readers of my blog, your family plus friends.