What a passage ... it's amazing how those few words are so important everyday in my life.
It hasn't always been this way for me, either. Really, it's just been in the most recent few years that I have come to fully understand the meaning of that passage.
My life has taken many unexpected turns, some good and some "not so good," but learning, not only what love IS, but HOW TO LOVE COMPLETELY has been a treasured gift that I have experienced! It's an awesome, amazing feeling!!!
Truly LOVE IS THE GREATEST!
It took a while for me to "get it" but complete love is so simple and so easy ... it's not something to "do" ~ it is something that "IS" and you can't force it or change it ~ make it happen or make it stop. GOD IS GOOD THAT WAY ...
When I learned to love ~ I learned what real pain feels like.
When I learned to love ~ I learned sacrifice.
When I accepted love as complete, unconditional, and out of my control~ I learned to forgive.
My ability to love isn't about me ~ love is given ~ and only when it is given away, can it be accepted!
1 Corinthians 13Love Is the Greatest1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless.
But love will last forever!
(*)"Savannah from Savannah" by Denise Hildreth