Monday, October 29, 2012

Love Shines Through

Love, the greatest human virtue, is the primary measuring stick of the goodness in one's life.

Nothing is more delightful than loving, and nothing feels better than being loved.

A wise old minister once said Love is. . .
Slow to suspect - quick to trust
Slow to condemn - quick to encourage
Slow to offend - quick to defend
Slow to expose - quick to shield
Slow to reprimand - quick to forbear
Slow to belittle - quick to appreciate
Slow to demand - quick to give
Slow to provoke - quick to reconcile
Slow to hinder - quick to help
Slow to resent - quick to forgive.

True love is much more than a feeling or an emotion - it is an act of the will!
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres (1 Cor. 13.)

Real love moves beyond intentions. It shines through our actions, attitudes and words.

Unfortunately, un-love shines through too. You can pretend to love others - but they will find you out before too long.

Fault finding and criticizing others are signs of love deficiency.  Faults grow thick when love is thin.

Loving is risky business. There is a chance of being deeply hurt if you open your heart.  But, as Eleanor Roosevelt said,  "It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire, which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell. Giving out nothing, they receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death."

Consider this observation from Mother Teresa, "I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no more hurt, but only more love.

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