Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Never Ever

God will interrupt perfectly normal days
to share His heart with us
If we want to listen.
That really should be perfectly normal.
He once came to shepherds in fields
who were just doing life...
That night there were shepherds 
guarding their flocks of sheep.
The angel had a message for them.
"Don’t be afraid!” he said. 
“I bring you joyful news..."
The Christmas message still bursts
into normal lives with its joyful news.

Walking through the mall this weekend,
God interrupted my life with a message. 
He said,
"Love never fails. Ever."
Although it seemed to come out of nowhere,
I had been Christmas shopping and this
was an ultimate Christmas message.
It was about incarnate love.
I spent time thinking about what He said.

Love one another..
By this all men will know 
that you are My disciples, 
if you have love for one another.
John 13:34-35

It can be relatively 
easy to state a conviction.
To risk the life of love, however, 
is anything but easy.
Because when I read 1 Corinthians 13, 
I realize you have to live a conviction to do that.
Love is not an ethereal concept.
Paul gives very specific qualities to love.

Love is patient. Love is kind.

Patient: a passive surrender of self-will
in order to yield to the process of another.
Kind: an active surrender of self-will
in order to serve the needs of another.

Would others know I am His disciple
by the way that I am patient and kind?
Because there is one other 
important quality of love:
Love is incarnate.
Love is not words. Love is action.
Patient and kind are only two qualities.
Every facet of love is about elevating others,
laying down our lives and choosing to serve.

I want to speak truth, see clearly and 
know what is right and just.
But after Paul describes what love looks like, 
he reminds us to be careful of other things.

All that I know now is partial and incomplete.
~1 Corinthians 13:12
Our words are going to fail.
Our sight is going to fail.
Our knowledge is going to fail.
Love never fails.
"I shall pass through this world but once. 
Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, 
or any kindness that I can show 
to any human being, let me do it now. 
Let me not defer it, or neglect it, 
for I shall not pass this way again."

Photo credit: David Larkin

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