Blog Post #253 Love Thoughts

There are many quotations about love.  Love makes the world go round; all you need is love; and even the fun ones – like this from Charles Schutz of Peanuts cartoon fame: “Add you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt”.

From Ann Landers (the late newspaper relationship columnist) we have:

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

And from 1 Corinthians 13 of the Bible:

“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. (…) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Love is a choice.  You can choose to love a person (or not).  

We have seen people choose hate over love; people that take guns into schools or bomb into buildings; people that choose to divide us by our race or religious beliefs.  

And … we have seen people who have chosen love over hate – even when that love has to be supernatural and not natural.  In the recent movie “The Shack”; (and years before, the book by the same name); the main character wants to kill the man who abducted his daughter, rapped and killed her. He encounters God (as the Trinity – with a Black Woman as God the father; a young man as God the son; and a hard to see – flitting Asian as God the Holy Spirit) who try to tell him to let it go.  Ultimately the judgment has to come from God.  “Who am I to play God” is a good question.

We have seen parents whose daughters were abused by an Olympic trainer / coach – and one that wanted to hit and kill him.  

I am amazed at people who can say “I forgive this person” after that person has done a dastardly deed.  

Two days ago was the fifth birthday of our twin granddaughters.  I’m not sure how loving and forgiving I would be if a person abducted one (or both) of them and abused them.  I’m sure my human nature would want “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”.

But, I am convinced that (a) God is the judge – not me; (b) that I don’t want to be judgmental and (c) this statement is true: “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.” 

I hope as I age, that I can be an instrument of peace and of love!!

What do you think?  Could you love and forgive somebody who has done a great wrong to you and your family?

Let me know at:  brucewhitecoaching@gmail.com

Have a great day!!

Bruce

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