Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Love Conquers All

If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. 

If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. 

If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.  

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.  Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. 

On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails. Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.  1 Corinthians 13:1-8a (PHILLIPS)

Love conquers all...  my hurt, my selfishness, my anger... my infidelity to God & neighbor... but there is a deeper problem. In order for love to conquer all these things, love must first conquer me! Only when I'm conquered by love can I love also. Only then will I be transformed. Only then will life have meaning. Until then, I am a " blaring brass or crashing cymbal". I am out of sync, out of tune & out of touch with God & this world. My faith is hopelessly irrelevant without love.

In Ephesians 5:21, we're told to submit to one other out of reverence for Christ... But only when Christ has conquered me can I truly submit to another out of reverence for Him. Only when He has conquered me can I truly love. The act of  "conquering" anything often requires a battle. It requires loss by force or concession, which consequently results in transformation. Sometimes the battle is swift & other times, its drawn out over weeks, months or years.  Yet "Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything.", even me...

If I don't let love conquer my life, I can't conquer anything in life. 

1 comment:

  1. Your perception of this truth is so inspiring! Thank you for putting your thoughts here! Your insights! Bless you!