Big day today, big religious day today, big letdown day too: it is Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. Generally, for millions of people this a day where we fantasize about Love as it does not exists; for 1.2 billion Catholics (and all people of faith) it is a day to ponder the ways of God’s love – love as it was truthfully meant to be.
Either way you look at it, it is a day to celebrate, seek and give LOVE, so I thought I would offer my two cents on LOVE.
According to Christian scripture God is love and that love is the law we are supposed to follow. So, what does this whole “God is Love” thingy look like? How are we to love people? What is love supposed to look like, and what does God say about this “crazy little thing called Love?”
My take on it is that if God is love (1 John 4) then I want to know what love is so I can either take the long way – read the Gospels and look at how Jesus lived – or I can take the summarized version – read 1 Corinthians 13 substituting the word “love” with the word “God.”
For today, I chose the latter. Read this with the knowledge that this is precisely how God loves you, and me and the entire world. God is love which means that:
God is patient.
God is kind.
God does not envy.
God is not boastful.
God is not conceited.
God does not act improperly.
God is not selfish.
God is not provoked.
God does not keep a record of wrongs.
God finds no joy in wickedness.
God rejoices in the truth.
God bears all things.
God believes all things.
God hopes all things.
God endures all things.
God never fails.