Whether you believe in God or not, the Bible contains some lessons that are worth the read. If you can appreciate it for nothing more than literature, know that some verses read almost like poetry.
As I was thinking today on my own, and other’s, situations of the heart, I started to ponder how to decide if what you have with someone is, in fact, love?
What would be the words to describe that?
And then, almost as if I were supposed to find it… I came across this scripture.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
- If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing.
- If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- It is not rude, 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.
I understand this now more than ever.
I now know what love truly is, and what it never should be.
The above scripture, to me….truly, is the definition of love.