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Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.— 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

 

In order to love, you must offer your heart to someone else with the knowledge that there is nothing more precious you can offer. You must reveal all your faults, flaws, shortcomings, and things you don’t like about yourself. Being vulnerable is difficult and something most of us go to great lengths to avoid. When we weep, we often run for cover, not wanting others to see us that way.

Love is risky and dangerous. Love can say no, turn its back, and walk away. That story belongs to many; it is our story. It happened in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve turned from God and disobeyed. They had everything except for one thing, and they couldn’t resist. The ugliness of sin and the endless desires of the flesh take our focus from God. But it is God to whom we must return.

There is risk in love. But it is precisely what we are called to do, what we were made to do. Those intense feelings about those close to us give us a glimpse of what heaven will be like.

Pastor Shawn LaRue, shawnlarueorg.wordpress.com

 

Thanks again to Bnv for allowing me to be a guest blogger.