Friday, February 13, 2009

Love Soup




Let's start off with a little scripture:

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1 Corinthians 14:4-8, 13 NKJV

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

And now, abide in faith, hope, love these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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Now let's put in some truth:

As I typed the words of the scripture and repeated them, I thought of specific things.

First were my own actions. Am I behaving in love, according to the Word, when things don't go my way? I roll my eyes when my husband hasn't picked up his shoes or I lose my cool when my daughter decides she wants to do things her way. When I'm angry at family members for the choices they've made and lash out with what's been building and building.

No, I'm not acting in love when I do these things.


The second thing I thought of is something my pastor told us recently. He spoke very eloquently and I 'll try to give the basic point without maiming it. Basically, instead of pointing the finger at other's bad choices, habits, whatever, God wants us to look at ourselves and ask for Him to change us.

That's an enormous challenge. Or it is to me! Not because I want to be right all the time, but because I don't agree with the way someone is acting. So I want them to change. But I suppose it doesn't matter what I want. If I treat my family and friends the way 1 Corinthians vs 4-8 says, I'm going to be suffering long and be very patient. Love endures. Love never fails.

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And to complete our love soup, we've got to add a little writing:

We can express this verse in our writing - and don't we already! - We give our characters a challenge and they suffer until the very end of the book, when finally love wins over in the end. Ahh!!! That is why I love romance novels. And if I may compare romance novels to God's promise, they are similar.... Romance novels live happily every after and when we reach the Kingdom of Heaven, it will be love which remains.

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That's a little Love Soup for today. This post has a little bit of everything in it. And remember, love always. Even when it's not a very popular holiday. Love during the good and bad, because God is in love.

2 comments:

  1. Delicious! Thanks for the yummy soup! :)

    Great post, Christy. You made some great points.

    Missy

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