Words from the Heart for Monday August 1st, 2016
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.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV)
The Marks of Love
How do you measure love? These words remind us that love affects our attitudes and actions towards others. Ask yourself, “How am I doing in acting with love towards those who I find difficult or challenging?”
It’s difficult to imagine days before television and movies. Traveling troupes of actors, comedians and musicians would travel to large centers and small putting on live shows that crowds would flock to see. One of the most famous troupes was Canada’s famous Marks Brothers. In this case, Marks is spelled Marks. The Marx Brothers would come a couple of decades later. A phenomenon on the vaudeville circuit, the seven from Christie Lake near Perth, Ontario left the farm and took to the boards and the footlights throughout the latter part of the 19th century and into the 1920s. They played to an estimated eight million Canadians, as well as to sizeable audiences in the United States and they kept audiences crying, booing, laughing and cheering until movies came along.
The Marks Brothers laid the foundation for many Canadian entertainers. They marked Canadians as great entertainers. The Bible speaks of something far greater when it lays out the marks of love in the great love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. In verses 4-5 we read: “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.” I wish I could say that all human love is like this, but it is often far from this. Human beings are too often selfish and love is self-seeking and self-focused. Too many people look for what they can get out of a relationship rather than how they can give love to another person. It is unfortunate that we only have one word for love. The Greeks had at least four, and the one found here is agape which is used to describe God’s unconditional and self-less love. What Paul is teaching us here is more than just a standard for human love to attain. It is descriptive of God’s perfect love for us. If you replace the word “love” here with the word “Jesus” it immediately brings Him into focus. He is patient and kind, He doesn’t envy or boast. He isn’t proud and He doesn’t dishonour others. Jesus is not easily angered and He keeps no record of wrongs. Ask Him to help you love like Him today.
These have been words from the heart.