And the greatest of these is love

I don’t have anything profound to offer tonight. However, as it’s been quite a while since my last update, I figured I ought to present at least that.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking (a dangerous pastime, I know). More often than not, my thoughts have turned heavenward. I’m surrounded by people, but none of them know me yet on a very deep level. Some are headed in that direction; others will never approach that side of me. Regardless, almost every person I interact with has brought a challenge to my life.

I suppose that’s a good thing. Lessons are learned often as a result, and often from the most unlikely people. God has been gracious enough to use some of the people who frustrate me the most and situations that I abhor to challenge me.

Some of these lessons speak to me of positions that I maintain on various issues (Calvinism or Arminianism? To kiss or not to kiss? and so on), but the overriding theme is love.

Yes, when that bartender at work hits on me, my response should come in love. As I walk into a room where two girls are sharing their experiences of kissing other girls, my reaction ought to bear love. While people challenge my beliefs and act out in ways that I am strongly against, even still, love should cover all.

Sometimes this love doesn’t come easily. More often than not, it doesn’t come easily! But then, didn’t love lead to the ultimate sacrifice?

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