‘Love is an open doooooooor.’ ♫♪♫♪
I’m pretty sure most of you are familiar with this song. Nowadays, there are so many definitions of love that someone actually likened it to an open door. But what does it really mean? Don’t worry, I won’t even get to the many different types of love, only the one type that matters the most.
My favorite chapter in the Bible defines it all too well:
“I Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
I think Paul was onto something when he wrote this book. After all he has been through, all the hardships, the condemnation, the physical and emotional pain, he still can teach us so much about Love. We say we know how to love, but the truth is, we’re not even halfway there. Love is not just something we feel out of emotions. It’s the very essence of everything we do on this earth. The chapter above basically says that all your talk, actions, and hardships would amount to nothing, if you didn’t do it out of love. Love for others, just as Christ love the church. It’s difficult to grasp the concept because humans tend to be selfish. I admit, most of the time I would still prioritize myself when it comes to doing something. It’s in our very nature. That’s where God’s grace comes in. See, God loves us just as we are. We don’t even have to change our hairstyle, or our clothes, or put on make up, and do charity. He loves us as we are. He accepts us, curves and edges and all. Of course, once you feel that love, you are compelled to be better, just so we can be worthy of that love. But nevertheless, His love still never change.
All my life I think I had it all wrong. I was looking for someone to love me. I was too blind to the things of this world and their concept of love that I was actually looking for it. I even tried to change myself just to get that love. But I don’t need to, it’s been there all along. And once I found it, everything became easier. Seeing other people, trying to understand them, being a better person. Most importantly, I started loving myself more. It took me long enough to realize that. But I’m glad for it, or else, I would’ve been trapped in my own version of love. God’s love is much, much, much better. ❤
Hey it’s Wednesday!
How’s your week been so far?
Til next time!