Monday, July 19, 2010

All You Need Is Love...

It's a good thing I woke up feeling rested, today. If I hadn't, it would have made a stressful day even worse.

Today was one of those days you wish you had stayed in bed. Or, maybe wished you could go back to bed. Or, wished you could go out for bread and never come back!

Well, one thing was for sure, I wasn't looking forward to attending a wedding shower, this evening. Even though it was to celebrate the upcoming marriage of the daughter of a brother and sister in the Lord from my church family, I had thought of just dropping off the gift. However, this was something I just could not do.

Friends of Gordon and mine, who live in Amherstburg, messaged me on Facebook (FB), to let me know a mutual friend P, was going to be attending the shower and asked me to sit and share some quality time with her. So, I did.

Actually, it turned out I was okay, after all. Yes, the thought of someone getting married tugged at my heartstrings. Yes, I will go through this tomorrow, when I once again have to be around a happy people celebrating their love. Believe me, I have not been looking forward to these two days. Especially feeling brokenhearted still about losing Gordon. And, now my brother, too.

The groom to be showed up at the shower. It was easy to see that they are in love. I think that's wonderful. After all, isn't that what life is all about? Love.

All day, I haven't been able to get a song by the Beatles, out of my mind. It's called, "All You Need Is Love!" Wouldn't it be nice if this were really true?!

What is LOVE? Most people think about love and they think of a feeling that pulls on their heartstrings. However, the Bible tells us that love is not a feeling, at all. It's a choice.

1Corinthians 13:4-8 says, "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..."

If there is one thing I've realized in my life, it's that satan is alive and well. He's a thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He's reared his ugly head once again, trying to destroy yet another relationship in my life.

Within the last few days, a problem has arisen with a friend of mine, being both a long-time friend from childhood as well a friend on FB. In the past, we've had differences of opinion, all relating to our knowledge and understanding of God's Word.

I recognize that as Christians, we need to be united, but this is not always possible. Especially with such a variety of groups who have a variety of teachings. However, I've always been taught that these differences should never divide people. For, until we get to heaven, we are only seeing through a glass, darkly.

The New King James version of the Bible says in 1Corinthians 13:12-13, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love."

Anyone who has read the entire Bible knows that in the Old Testament (the covenant God had with Israel), God gave Moses the tablets with the Ten (10) Commandments. However, in the New Testament, Jesus told us about Two Commandments.

In Mark 12:29-31, God's Word says, "Jesus answered him, 'The first of all the commandments is Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these' ".

Where am I going with this? Well, as you can see, the Bible speaks of love as being very important. We need to have love towards one another. It is commanded of us. The problem comes in thinking of how one perceives the definition of love.

After reading the above verses, on the surface, one would think love would be easy to understand. But, in my opinion, it is more complex than that.

The difference of opinion with my friend, is coming from this idea of love. My friend's opinion seems to be that if you love someone, you should never say anything that might upset them. Whereas, my opinion is that if you love someone, you will be honest, forthright, speak truth, and open their eyes to truth, even at the risk of hurting the person's feelings.

Haven't we all heard the phrase, "the truth hurts"? It sometimes does. I believe the scriptures, when it says that love rejoices in the truth. In my mind, it wouldn't be loving of me to know the person I was trying to show love to, was kept in the dark, not knowing reality, especially reality that has the potential of changing the persons life. Not to mention, where they might spend eternity.

So, I ask you to please pray over this situation. My friend has been a good person and a real support to me, especially since my life has fallen apart. I would not want to lose my friend, especially over an issue of this sort. May you be blessed, now and always.

Until next time...

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