Monday, May 02, 2005

Is This True Love?

The reason I came up with this blog is because I heard on Sean Hannity's radio program today the perfect example of love. You most likely heard of the Runaway Bride who disappeared from Duluth, Georgia 4 days before her wedding. The woman was missing for 4 days and everyone suspected foul play. She showed up in New Mexico alive and well. Apparently fear and perhaps insecurity or a panic attack drove her to take off the way she did. When she was returned to her home in Georgia, John Mason, her fiance met her and gave her the engagement ring she had left behind.

Quote - "'Cause we haven't walked down the aisle, just because we haven't stood in front of 500 people and said our I dos, you know, my commitment before God to her was the day I bought that ring and put it on her finger and I'm not backing down from that now," Mason told Hannity. - end quote -

A good description of true love comes to us in the words of St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians. (1 Cor. Ch.13 v.4 - 7) - Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud, doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. ... - (v.13) But now faith, hope, and love remain-these three. The greatest of these is love. (WEB)

This description is set in what might be called the more mystical chapters of the New Testament. They both deal with the gifts and workings of the Spirit of God. It seems from the 3 chapters that the Corinthian Church had a problem with various members thinking they, as individuals, were more important to the church than others around them. Paul set them straight by explaining that despite ones gifts or job description, no matter how exalted in the eyes of others, each individual was important in order to uphold the persons next to them. Yet, he says, The best way to walk with God is to walk in love.

How to do this? Back to the first paragraph.

Be patient with others. Sounds easy huh? It is unless that other is the slowpoke that slows down (a lot) and takes forever to turn the corner to get out of your way. Or perhaps the person in front of you at the grocers. The one that counts out 45 cents in pennies.

Love is Kind. No problem. Just don't kick the dog. Oh, and let your neighbor know that you will help them when they need it not just when it is convenient for you.

Love does not envy. Now who would envy the junk that guy has. I wouldn't own anything he has. I always pay top dollar for everything I own which brings us to: Love does not brag, is not proud (puffed up)

I'm sure you can go through the rest of the list and if you are honest you can find areas in your life that are a bit weak in the love department. I know I sure can.

One most important thing about love that John Mason exhibits is that LOVE IS A DECISION AND A COMMITMENT!

Congratulations to his future bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, She is getting a good man.