It founded the earth and will last infinitely.
Like the Word, Love never had a beginning. It just was.
Love will go on with the world as a blip behind it.
To do with our conversation about Simplicity (see last post), the more I meditate on it, the more I understand the kingdom to be one reigned by a consumingly generous Dictator, one whose infinite provision pours from an infinite love. In the kingdom, the Righteous are the ones who stand before Him acknowledging His love (His Rightness), the ones who live to work out His love.
So I came here today to tell you that I won’t be writing for a while. I have to pack and move and figure out simplicity and the kingdom and how to have a good yard sale. But I change my mind. I’m going to be here now and again, at random. For my blogging Spring Break, I’m shirking any expectations I’ve made for myself here at least until mid-May.
I know that seeking God’s righteousness is freedom, and so it’s been good for me to feel free from this blog – to enter this space only in freedom.
Have you really read 1 Corinthians 13 in a while?
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Paul writes it so breezily and with such authority. Your work isn’t doodly squat without love.
I examine myself, convicted. So much of my heart has been wasted in self-seeking envy and pride. I’ve wasted so much on entitled frustrations.
How do you feel about love? Can I ask that? We know it’s what the world needs now, but really, honestly, what’s it to you? What is LOVE, and what is it not, in modern terms?
It may be too big a questions to ask, but I’m starting to think we’re nothing if we don’t ask it.