LOVE…Just a Cliché.

Watching the world erupt at the thought of a Trump Presidency has been quite humorous to me the last few days. What a sad testimony for a generation of people who will now forever be known by their entitlement attitudes. Perhaps it is official now, we have already witnessed the greatest generation so it would make sense then for us to identify and label the worst of generations. But this post in actuality has nothing to do with them, I am simply just using them to paint a bleak picture of what the future holds for us as a result of their ignorance. I have been quite disgusted by the slogan that this mob movement has adopted-“LOVE TRUMPS HATE.” It would be different if I actually thought they believed it. Sadly I am unable to give them credit for such a noble thing as their actions are dictating otherwise.

I wonder how many opportunities this lost generation have had to demonstrate in practice what they chant on the street. For the many objections I have had about Hillary Clinton, one thing that I respect about her is that she stood by her husband when his acts of infidelity were exposed to the world and became fodder for every late night talk show in America. While I do not know her motivation for standing by him I would like to assume that it was because of her Love for him. Having said that it’s time now to move on to the meat of the matter.

The bible talks at length about love…in fact the bible even has what’s known as the love chapter. Here is just a snippet from 1 Corinthians 13

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.

But perhaps it is more easily summed up in the words of Christ himself when asked “what is the greatest commandment,”  Jesus replied “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and the second is liken to it, love thy neighbor as thyself.” Yet, how much more so does Christ even elevate the standard for love when it comes to our spouses? To love our wives as Christ hath loved the church…that he laid down his life for it. Yes, the standard is set high, but the standard was in keeping with His own demonstration for us. Whereas in Romans the scriptures tell us that “God hath demonstrated his own love for us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

This is a stinging reminder that while 1 Corinthians 13 tells us what love is perhaps we don’t quite understand what that looks like in practice. If one were to take a long hard look at the what this chapter actually says we must then come to the realization that these words are spoken in light of a backdrop that opposes such behavior. We are inherently sinful and because of that our natural inclination when tested in so many areas is to do the exact opposite of what Paul and for that matter Christ hath told us to do. Therefore love does not come easily. It is hard work and we must make a practice of it and we must do so in defiance of our sinful nature, refusing to buckle under the weight of our frustrations or even hate. It is hard work to love sometimes.

Think about your children and how they can literally drive you to the point of Insanity at times…yet again we are told not to exasperate them, but instead to be patient. Think about your spouse and how sometimes we can get on one another’s last nerve, yet again I am asked if necessary to lay down my life for her. What does that mean exactly? Does it mean that I am to take a bullet for her, jump in front of a moving truck, or does it mean something even more? I submit to you that it means even more. It means that in every case where I see my wife struggling-that I as the spiritual leader in my home am to immediately take my place in the gap and do all that I possibly can to ease her discomfort. It means that I am to shoulder the load and if need be…to do it alone.

I have said all of this for the simple fact that LOVE has sadly become a cliché in our society. It sounds good to say “LOVE TRUMPS HATE,” but it is an entirely different story when we are asked to put our money where our mouth is.

Today is my wife’s Birthday and I must admit that she is an amazing woman who for the most part has shown me what it means to Love. Sadly I cannot say that I have done the job as well as her. I cannot even begin to list off the number of times that she has shown me patience when she should have shown disdain, or the number of times she has shown me kindness when she should have shown hate, or the number of times she has shown gratitude for the little I am able to provide instead of envy the things I cannot, the number of times that she has been right about a matter but instead of boasting she held her tongue, the number of times she has lifted the hearts and spirits of others that I have been quick to condemn; the number of sacrifices she has made for our little big family, never seeking fulfillment of her own; or the number of wrongs that I committed against her that she has extended forgiveness. YES, my wife is a picture of proverbs 31. If you ask her, she will deny it and likely begin to list off the many ways she has failed. I will simply chalk that up to humility. My wife is fiercely protective of her family, trusting always in the Lords provision, hoping against all hope and persevering in all her struggles, knowing that in the end she will reap her rewards.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LORI-WE LOVE YOU.

 

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