Saturday, June 8, 2013

The New Love Chapter

With my sincere apologies to the apostle Paul, I have come up with the 21st century antithesis of 1st
Corinthians 13, the great "love chapter" of the Bible. Just to clarify: God's Word has never changed, and never will. My purpose here is to present a wake-up call to us all. Love takes hard work, sacrifice and prayer, along with some serious blood, sweat and tears. It was never meant to be a cake-walk. And it was certainly never meant to be "all about me." Jesus said to love others first, not self. Read on if you dare... and if you feel a conviction in your heart, please take time to crack open a Bible afterward and read what God really has to say.

Then live it. 

The New Love Chapter

Love is selfish, love is me-first. It wants what others have, it constantly speaks only of itself, never considering the thoughts, welfare, or feelings of others. It shows no compassion for others and doesn't share a thing, but rather puts all the focus on itself. Love gets angry easily and posts all its frustrations on Facebook and Twitter. It keeps a running tally of supposed injuries to its pride and vanity. It applauds when it gets revenge, and doesn't let the truth get in the way of a good bout with self-pity. It never protects or trusts anybody, sees the glass as constantly half-empty and gives up at the first chance it gets. 

Love talks about itself and its family as a failure, because that's how it draws attention to itself. But when God wants to speak, it shuts Him out. Where He wants to give vision, love closes its eyes. When God wants to help, love says "I can do this on my own." Love thinks that it knows it all, but truth will one day present a different reality. For now, love is on a mission to prove that it alone is right, and everyone is out to get it. The compassionate correction, opinions or requests of others are dismissed in the twinkling of an eye. But one day, love will learn how wrong it has been. By then, it will be too late. Love will lose all it could have had simply by opening its cold heart to truth. 

Now only two remain: Faith and hope. And love has given up on both. 

-Tim LaVere