This world needs more love.
We need more love in a world that is full of chaos.
There is a famous passage of text in the Bible that is quoted at a lot of weddings. It’s even quoted at non Christian weddings.
Before I get into the heart of this post I want to quote this passage. I will be using the Hebraic Roots Bible:
1 Corinithians 13:4-8
Love has patience, is kind; love is not envious, love does not make a vain display of itself, and does not boast; it does not behave indecently, does not pursue it’s own things, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoice in the truth. Love quietly covers all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails….
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This is such a beautiful passage of text that gives a model of what love should look like. If you think about it, this passage can be the litmus test to see if you are truly walking in love for humanity, friends, and family. It can also be a test to see whether or not the man you’re in a relationship truly loves you.
Let’s see how you can apply this scripture in your everyday life. First, take a look at how you can measure your love for humanity using this text.
Love For Humanity
There is no need to explain how the world around us has changed. What wasn’t tolerated years ago is now tolerated and accepted as normal. Views are still divided. Division on issues of humanity are causing division among denominations, religions, and race.
When you couple different views and divisions with social media you have a firestorm.
Ever been apart of a discussion on Facebook? Someone is always bound to bring out the hate speech. There is no love in that. But when people truly love the people around them the are careful to show or express it.
Humanitarian efforts, even on a small scale is an act of love and shows there is love in your heart for others.
Love For Your Family
Where there is major dysfunction in the family you could probably see there is a lack of love. It truly hurts my heart when I hear that children are hurting from abuse of all sorts.
Babies come into the world needing a lot of love to thrive and be healthy, so they can pass down love to the next generation. Love should be perpetual.
A true loving family unit is what will cause children, the next generation, to make better relationship choices. Why?There’s peace within themselves. There is less to deal with in terms of emotional issues do to a lack of love.
If you feel that you didn’t get the love you should have had growing up, you can break the cycle of lack of love. Use this passage as model to look up to when dealing with your children. Use this passage when relating to your family.
Note: I must insert this little disclaimer. By all means, if you have experienced abuse from a family member it will not be safe for you to try and create a loving relationship. Move on and be happy with your life.
Ahhh…to be in love. It’s the best feeling in the world.
You have those endorphins going. Your heart beats fast for your guy. As time moves on you are engaged and preparing for your upcoming nuptials.
Just as many couples have done, you decide to have 1 Cornithians 13 4-8 recited at your wedding.
Six months passes in to your marriage and love doesn’t feel the same anymore.
Now you’re in the swing of daily life with your spouse. Where did those love feelings go?
In our humanity we may tend to do things the other doesn’t like. We may argue or have hurt feelings. This is where applying the scriptures comes in handy. Love has’t been lost. It is different now. Love is no longer based on a feeling, but it is based on a deep sense of commitment.
Love endures. It keeps going when everything around you doesn’t seem to be going right. Love is patient enough for you to wait for your spouse to “get it.”
I was inspired to have more love in my life by practicing love daily. I keep this scripture in forefront of my mind when relating to my family, spouse, children, and on social media. I replace the word love with my name, which makes me internalize and personalize this passage for me.
You can even use a wall decal to remind yourself of this scripture and have it as a motto in your home.
Take a chance and do this for yourself.