The Greatest of These Is Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today I wanted to write about love instead of weight loss.  (I will write on that tomorrow.)

Hope you are spending this day with the ones you love. I am blessed to be doing just that and it’s wonderful.

There are many definitions and quotes about love that are meaningful and that you may have heard. In addition, there are many kinds of love — romantic love for your spouse or mate, parental love for your children, familial love for family and friends, and compassionate love you have for others.

There is one, however, that bothers me since I don’t agree with it.  The quote is from the movie “The Love Story”– “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

In my mind, that is the total opposite of what it means to love someone. Love means saying you are sorry when you make mistakes, that you will honor and respect them, that you will take them as they are, and help them through trying times and celebrate with happy times.

The finest explanation about love for me is from the Bible — 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 – also known as The Love Chapter.  This was a part of my wedding and it still means as much as on that day I started my married life with a wonderful and very loving man.

Here is one version that I found of The Love Chapter:

“If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become a sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

“If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing.

“If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.

“Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

“But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.

“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.

“But now faith, hope, and love remain — these three.  But the greatest of these is love.”

Wow, isn’t that an amazing explanation of love? The fact that Love Never Fails is amazing to me. I hope and pray that you have a true and amazing love!

Thank you God for giving us the gift of love! Happy Valentine’s Day to my love.