“…love hangs in there for a long time when it feels like giving up; it treats it’s object kindly whether love is returned it or not; love does not seek to possess or control the loved one; love is not self concerned with image - doesn’t talk about what it does or how great it is and doesn’t even think that about itself; love tempers itself so its recipients receive only good; love doesn’t demand its own way or seek its own advantage; love does not get angry easily and forgives quickly and completely; love is not happy when life is a fabric of lies, but lives for integrity; love keeps on keeping on, keeps on believing, keeps on hoping. Love never fails” (I edited a paraphrase by my friend Bill Dogterom).
1 Cor 13 challenges the casual notion of Valentine’s day. Love should be more than gifts I buy as prove it exists; it’s a commitment to move away from temporal versions of love shown in TV commercials to the eternal embrace of Christ’s love though my words, my actions and my thoughts. This not only applies to my family and friends but to how I worship God. This is my aspiration.