Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

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Love Is

In her blog about being in love with a Canadian man, English woman Holly Nelson talks about some of the cross-cultural challenges. She writes “Back home the boys are still listening to dance, trance and other such rubbish. Here in the home of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, I have finally met my match! He has taught me so much about music, I have fallen in love with Canada for its music as much as I have fallen for my partner.”

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Way back in my undergrad days at university, I took a course called the Bible as Literature. What I found most interesting was that our professor wasn’t a believer, but he loved the richness of the Bible as a piece of literature. As a follower of Jesus, I came to appreciate just how amazing is the God who inspired the Bible. One of the most beautiful passages, from both a literary and theological perspectives, is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” There is perhaps no more beautiful description of love ever written – and there is certainly no lack of writing about love. What is being described here is agape, the Greek word for love that describes the perfect, no-strings-attached love of God. This is how God loves you. Take time to read it again, and let it sink into your heart.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley