Day 2: Without love, what do we have?

Paul kicks off 1 Corinthians 13 with a pretty heavy-duty statement – we can do anything we like, we can even do it with great power and do ‘big’ things, but if we do them without love, it is completely and utterly worthless.

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

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I don’t think there’s any mistaking what Paul is telling us – life without love = nothing.  Pretty simple concept, really, as in if we live life that’s missing a vital ingredient, we’re not really living.  But it becomes not-so-simple when we start to look at what that vital ingredient really is.

Love.

A little word that means so much more than we really, truly understand.  Our concepts and understanding of love are shaped by our life, by our lived experiences, and that’s different for everyone. Fortunately for us, God didn’t just give Paul words to tell us the truth of living a life without love, but goes on to explain what love really is.  We’re not left hanging with the thought ‘ok, so to truly live, I need to do everything I do with love, but what does that actually mean?  What does that actually look like on a daily basis?’

And there, my friends, lies the ‘meat’ of this verse, the get-down-and-dirty, dig in deep, step-out- of-out- comfort-zones reality of God’s words.  The truth is found in a few short verses, but they’re words that hold the key to life.  So over the next few weeks, we’ll sit here and work out this instruction manual for life, the ultimate renovation guide, that most certainly isn’t a DIY project.

As we venture into what can be challenging, unfamiliar territory, I would really encourage you to start journaling your way through this process – whether it’s in a written journal, here in the comments, on your own blog, wherever – my experience has been that learning about true love is a game-changer, and writing has been my way of making sense of it all.

I’m still trying to make sense of it all.  Every. Single. Day.

31 days of Love. For Real.

Anyone who knows me knows I love to talk.  And share.  And tell stories.  And listen to stories.  And drink coffee.  There’s always time for coffee.

Blogging is the ultimate avenue for sharing stories, and there is such beauty in the listening and the telling.  Everyone has a story, and everyone has something to share with the world.  I love this about people.

The Nester hosts a 31 Days writing challenge each year, and this will be the second year I’ve joined in.  I can’t link you to the series I wrote last year, as that blog is no longer, but no matter, it’s time for a fresh start.  So what better way to kick-off a new blog than committing to write every day for a month?  Deciding to take part was easy, choosing a topic….. not so much.  Not that it mattered, because the decision was made for me.  Reading the word of God can do that for you.

If there’s one thing I am constantly learning about, it’s love.  Real love.  Not the Hollywood-ised, romanticised, sanitised version of love, but love as God intended.  The kind of love that teaches you what it is to really live, that turns your world on its’ head, that seems to turn your whole being inside out.  The kind of love that you know you don’t deserve, but God fills you with anyway.  The kind of love that shows us what it is to sacrifice ourselves for someone else.

The kind of love that just plain hurts, but leaves us wanting for more.

We get it wrong all the time.  But God doesn’t, and He gives us a step-by-step guide to the reality of love and how to love in the words He’s breathed upon us.

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Pretty simple, really,  But it’s not.  Love is hard work, and it doesn’t always come easy.  So for the next 31 days, we’re going to delve into the Words of love, and make them real.

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31 days of writing, sharing and learning.  A lifetime of making it real.

Will you join me?   I’m really looking forward to sharing this journey with you, please pop in to the comments and tell me what ‘Love is …………’ for you.