Love, a word I have encountered many times. Do any of us actually know what it is to love? I for one can say that I don’t. For years, I thought I was doing the whole love thing the way that I was suppose to be doing it, but in all actuality I have been miserably failing at it. I once watched a video with Carl Lentz, those of you who don’t know, he is a well known pastor at Hillsong church. Anyways, he did this thing where he recited Corinthians 13:4-8 and instead of saying love is, he replace it with his name. I tried it, and it kind of went something like this…
Elle is patient….Not really
Elle is kind…75% of the time.
Elle does not envy… I don’t.
Elle does not boast… I wouldn’t say I do.
Elle is not proud… Well, you got me there.
Elle does not dishonor others…. I can be pretty wicked.
Elle is not self-seeking… I’m not, I think.
Elle does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth… I don’t believe I do. The truth sets you free, so of course I rejoice in it.
Elle always protects, always trust, always hopes, and always perseveres… No, Na , Nay and Nope.
I found it sad that I wasn’t able to give a concrete yes to any of the above statements. I won’t completely be hard on myself, because I am extremely generous, giving, I am for the most part accepting of others and who they are at their core; but if I’m not loving them in the ways mentioned in Corinthians, am I really doing right by them? This is not to say that you should act in all ways according to this scripture and allow others to take advantage of you. That I guess is where my problem lies, afraid to love like this because I wholeheartedly feel like the other person won’t reciprocate, which is why I am learning that you have to act this way for yourself and in due time you shall attract the right person.
So I ask, are you loving the proper way or is your type of love in accordance with the matters of the flesh? Reflect on this concept, do as I have done and replace the word love with your name! Happy self discovery!
God Bless You All!!!♥♥♥