Saturday, 15 February 2014

God is Love

Yesterday marked Valentines Day, and for many people it's a time to show their partner how much they love and appreciate them; however for many others, Valentines Day can be a painful reminder of the loss of a loved one or perhaps not yet finding that special someone to share their life with.

I came across a quote by Mother Theresea a few weeks ago and it said the following:

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."

For many years I struggling to get a grasp of Gods love for me, I couldn't understand why God would actually want to love someone like me; at the time I was battling the aftermath the rape, I was a very angry person who was carrying a lot of hurt.

I look back upon my counselling days and only now can I understand that receiving Gods love directly was something I felt I was unable to do, however over time my counsellor, through her love which stemmed from Christ's, started to transform me. She was patient and kind when I emotionally lashed out in anger and hurt on so many occasions; she really did know what it was to love thy neighbour as thy self. 

Throughout this week I've made an extra effort to stop, pray, make more time and think of small but practical ways to show Christ's love to those around me who need it most. Valentines Day is just one day; Christ calls us every day to love ourselfs and to extend the love we receive to those around us in whatever situation or circumstance they are in. 

The bible mentions love many times but one verse that stands out for most is 1 Corinthians 13

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When 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 the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a 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.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

I often like to read this whilst substituting the word Love with the word God, as it rings so true. As the roses fade from Valentines Day, let's not forget to remember all those who need Christ's love and think of ways that we can demonstrate His love through us.

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