In Others’ Words: Love is …
I’ve come across many a “Love is …” attempt to define an emotion that is, in essence, undefinable. Even the “Love is patient, love is kind … ” distillation so often read during wedding ceremonies, often stumps me before I get very far into the verses in 1 Corinthians 13.
Love is patient … kind … it does not envy …
Wait. If love is the doing of all those things (and I’ve only mentioned three), then love is, indeed both stern and splendid — and so much more than mere kindness.
I can be kind to a stranger by letting someone go ahead of me in line at Target or by taking the time to reunite a lost puppy with its owner (as my husband and youngest daughter did yesterday).
Being kind doesn’t even demand that I know your name, much less that you know mine.
But love … ah, love demands so much. Loving someone in a “’til death do we part” kind of way is stern, unrelenting — a love that finds the strength to get up off its knees and say, “I’m not done yet. We’re not done yet.”
And love is splendid … it surprises you with joy, the kind that comes in the morning after you’ve wept all night in your pillow. Nothing has changed, the troubles are still there …
and so is the One who loves you with an everlasting love — the one who keeps all your tears in a bottle. (Ps. 56:8)
Amazing thought, that.
Love asks for more from us … and gives so much to us.
In Your Words: Love is ___________________________________. I would love to know how you would fill in the blank.
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